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SBA Announces National Small Business Week Awardees

Awardees invited to Washington, D.C. recognition ceremony, April 29-30
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Release Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |
WASHINGTONAdministrator Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the 2018 National Small Business Week awardees for categories including outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery and manufacturing. 

Awardees are invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies April 29-30.  

“My goal is to help more of our nation’s small business owners be aware of the resources available to them through the SBA. We want more entrepreneurs to think of the SBA as the go-to resource for access to capital, valuable resources, business know-how, and the right expertise for each stage of their business lifecycle. That’s how we can continue to help power the engine of our economy,” McMahon said. 

“It’s great to see our District resource partner, the SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon Chapter, being recognized for their great work and the assistance they provide to help small businesses thrive. This is an outstanding win for Chapter President Robert Bewley and his dedicated volunteer mentors, but as with all of our resource partners, the real winners are the entrepreneurs our resource partners help to achieve small business success,” said Director Antonio (Tony) Leta, SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District.

Of the national award winners, three are from SBA’s Mid-Atlantic Region:


SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon Chapter

Lancaster, Pa.

Robert Bewley, President


Women’s Business Center

Chatham’s Women’s Business Center

Chatham University Eastside

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Anne Marie Flynn Schlicht, Director


Veterans Business Outreach Center

Veterans Business Outreach Center at Community Business Partnership

Springfield, Va.

Charles McCaffrey, Executive Director


8(a) Graduate of the Year

SBG Technology Solutions, Inc.

Alexandria, Va.

Carlos Del Toro, President and CEO

“Having four winners in our Region speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of the SBA team, our partner organizations, and of small business owners pursuing the American dream,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian. “Congratulations to them, and to all the winners across the entire nation.”

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 5, with national events planned in Washington, D.C., Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.

“I’m looking forward to our annual District Small Business Awards celebration recognizing all of our award winners which will be held on the Spirit of Philadelphia May 15,” Leta said. Those interested in registering for the event may do so at

For more information about National Small Business Week visit: