SBA Honors National Small Business Champions

Release Date: 
Friday, May 20, 2011
Release Number: 
Advisory Number: 
Dennis E. Byrne (202) 205-6567

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. Small Business Administration today honored nine champions of small business, including a businesswoman who helps disadvantaged women-owned businesses succeed; a financial services guru who introduces small business entrepreneurs to sources of capital; and an all around community activist who advocates “economic gardening” and helps small minority businesses start, grow and succeed.

These small business owners and leaders of small business support organizations were recognized today for their outstanding support of entrepreneurs. The Champion Awards were presented in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual observance of National Small Business Week, May 15-21.

“The SBA is proud to honor these men and women as champions of small business. Their tireless efforts have supported small businesses, local communities, and America’s economic recovery efforts” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “They provide the counseling, advocacy, advice and support that small business owners need, and foster an environment where the spirit of entrepreneurship can flourish, resulting in economic growth and job creation.”

This year’s Champion Awards recognize winners from Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont, and two from Washington state. For more detailed information on all the winners please go to and click on Winners.

The Champion Awards were presented at the Champion Award Winners Gala in Washington D.C., sponsored by VISA and AVAYA. Small Business Week events can be seen virtually via streaming video on the Web at

The 2011 National Champions and Special Award Winners are:

2011 National Financial Services Champion
Cairn G. Cross, co-founder & managing director
FreshTracks Capital
Shelburne, Vt.

2011 National Home-Based Business Champion
Patricia E. Beck, Self Employment Training coordinator
Great Plains Technology Center
Lawton, Okla.

2011 National Minority Small Business Champion
James R. Reid, president
Momentum Texas, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

2011 National Women in Business Champion
Laurie E. Simon, founder & CEO
Ombrella, Inc.
Kirkland, Wash.

2011 National Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business
David L. Haydel Sr., president & CEO
Haydel Enterprises, Inc.
Dba Haydel’s Bakery
Jefferson, La.

2011 National Veteran Champion
Darrel Bowman, CEO
Tacoma, Wash.

2011 National SBA Young Entrepreneur
William M. Fuller, president & CEO
Atlas Frontiers, Inc.
Boise, Idaho

2011 National Exporter of the Year
Darryl J. Barlett, vice president/general manager
k-Space Associates, Inc.
Dexter, Mich.

2011 Entrepreneurial Success
Elaine Krieger, president
Krieger Kiddie Corporation
Naperville, Ill.

Small Business Week 2011 cosponsors include: Association of Small Business Development Companies, AT&T, AVAYA, CareerBuilder, Dun & Bradstreet, Google, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of Development Companies, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, National Association for the Self-Employed, National Small Business Association, Nomadic Display, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot, Raytheon, Sam's Club, SCORE, The Neat Company, Verio, Visa, the Wall Street Journal, and Women Impacting Public Policy.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2011.

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