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SBA Announces 2018 Small Business Week Winners

Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Release Number: 
Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Moraima Gutierrez (860) 240-4654

HARTFORD, CT – April Lukasik, President & CEO of Bright and Early Children’s Learning Centers of No. Branford, CT has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2018 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s top award, according to an announcement made by Anne Hunt, SBA’s District Director.

“We are extremely excited to honor a truly amazing line up of small business owners and champions this year, said Anne Hunt, SBA’s Connecticut District Director.  It is important to recognize these outstanding small businesses in the state as they are the job creators, innovators and the fabric of our local communities!”  “We hope the small business community will join the SBA and our host, SCORE for an inspiring awards luncheon on May 3rd in New Haven, CT.”   

2018 Connecticut SBA Honorees:

Category Owner Company
Region 1 & CT Manufacturer of the Year Brian Weinstein CHAPCO Inc.,
Region 1 & CT Family-Owned Business of the Year Charles Buck Jr., Buck’s Spumoni Company Inc.,
Woman-Owned Small Business Erin Emmons Lucky Taco Cantina &Tap Room 
CT Microenterprise Award Stefanie C.F. Toise, Phd. At One LLC.
Minority-Owned Small Business Marilyn Ortiz Boriñquen Bakery LLC
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Alyssa DeMatteo Wildflour Confections
Veteran Owned Business of the Year Nicholas W. Wright Unlimited R.V. 
Exporter of the Year Dennis Nash Control Station Inc.,
Home-Based Business of the Year Linda Longobardi ReGift the Wrap, LLC.,
Financial  Services Champion  Aaron M. Bohigian Webster Bank
Small Business Person of the Year April M. Lukasik Bright & Early Children's Learning Center

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  This year, the dates are April 29- May 5, 2018 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, CA.  The slate of leading small business owners in Connecticut will be honored at the Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven on May 3rd.    For more information and a complete list of events during the week of April 29 – May 5, 2018 please call 860-240-4654.