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SBA Recognizes Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Montgomery County Businesswoman wins PA Small Business Person of the Year
Release Date: 
Monday, March 9, 2020
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PHILADELPHIA – Today, US Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, formally announced National Small Business Week (NSBW), May 3-9, 2020, along with the 2020 Small Business Person of the Year winners from across the U.S. Winners are invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C. May 3-4, to receive their individual awards. During the ceremonies, the SBA will announce the 2020 National Small Business Person of the Year.

“What an honor it is for me to recognize Cynthia T. Gallo, president of Fiber Business Solutions Group, dba G Force, in Norristown, Montgomery County, as Pennsylvania’s Small Business Person of the  Year,” said Steve Dixel, SBA Eastern PA District Director.  “Ms. Gallo not only realized her dreams of entrepreneurship, but her business has been a tremendous job creator, helping to expand our economy. As a woman-owned business, she empowers women to be innovators and risk-takers, especially in industries such as engineering and construction.”  

Carranza starts the week in Washington to recognize these and winners from other categories. She continues by visiting small businesses and holding roundtable discussions with community leaders in Washington, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Denver, and Anaheim, Calif.

“We’re excited to introduce Administrator Caranza to the impressive small business community in Philadelphia this year,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, who oversees the agency’s operations in Pennsylvania, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. “We’ll soon announce the winners we’ll visit who exemplify the spirit and the strong economic impact they and our SBA’s partners have on our nation’s economy.”

During National Small Business Week, additional award winners are recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Awards are presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center and Veterans Business Outreach Center.

The SBA also co-hosts a free, two-day virtual conference, May 5-6, featuring educational workshops and networking. National Small Business Week recognition and educational seminars throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held during the week.   



2020 Mid-Atlantic Region Small Business Person(s) of the Year



Christopher Alan Burkhard, President, Placers

Newark, DE 19711


Christi Venable, LPC, CEO/Therapist, SMILE Therapy Services LLC

Washington, D.C. 20019


Anton Che Bizzell, MD, President & CEO, The Bizzell Group LLC

Lanham, MD 20706


Cynthia T. Gallo, President, Fiber Business Solutions Group, Dba G Force

Norristown, PA 19403


George L. Nyfeler III, LS, LEED, AP, President, Nyfeler Associates LLC

Richmond, VA 23220-5502


Brenda Faye Sheldon, President/CEO & Kimberly Allyn Eastman, Co-Owner, Hospitality Cleaning Solutions, LLC

Hurricane, WV 25526




About National Small Business Week

For more than 50 years, 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.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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