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SBA South Florida to Host Virtual Small Business Week Awards Ceremony

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Release Number: 
20-30 S. FL
Contact: 
heather.hines@sba.gov
MIAMI - U.S. Small Business South Florida District Office recently announced the winners of the SBA’s 2020 District and State of Florida Small Business Week Awards.  A virtual awards ceremony, rescheduled from May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held to recognize the winners during this year’s National Small Business Week on September 22-24.
 
The District’s virtual event will be held on Thur., Sept. 24 from 3pm - 4:30pm.  To attend, register on Eventbrite (link).
 
Small Business of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
Ryan Carter, owner of Scotlynn USA Division, Inc., Fort Myers, Florida
 
Women's Business Center of Excellence (Region IV, State of Florida, and South Florida District)
The Florida Women’s Business Center, Delray Beach, Florida
 
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year (South Florida District)
Manny Wong, owner of Fullei Fresh, Miami, Florida
 
Rural Small Business of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
Edward Brakus, owner of Burma Spice, Moore Haven, Florida
 
Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year (South Florida District)
Jacquin Gilchrist, owner of Gilchrist Law Firm, Coral Gables, Florida
 
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year (South Florida District)
Stacie Miller, owner of SenCommunications, Inc., Tampa, Florida
 
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
Ongun Kocabas, owner of Egea Food, LLC, Miami, Florida
 
Community Partner of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
South Florida Regional Planning Council, Hollywood, Florida
 
Small Business Advocate of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
David Hamblett; Len Hendrickson; and Raymond O’Brien of Southwest Florida SCORE Chapter
 
Media Advocate of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
Martin Clarke, founder and CEO of Urban Pulse Direct, Pembroke Pines, Florida
 
Second Chance Hiring Advocate (Region IV, State of Florida and South Florida District)
Andrew Yap, owner of LEASA Industries, Miami, Florida
 
 
 
Lender Awards:
 
Third Party Lending (Most Loans)
JPMorgan Chase Bank
 
Third Party Lending (Most Loan Dollars)
Valley National Bank
 
CDC of the Year (Total 504 Loans)
Florida First Capital Finance Corp.
 
CDC of the Year (Total 504 Loan Dollars)
Florida First Capital Finance Corp.
 
Export Lender of the Year (Total Loans)
TD Bank
 
Export Lender of the Year (Total Loan Dollars)
Banesco USA
 
Mission Based Lender Award (Total of Microloans and Community Advantage)
Accion East
 
7(a) Lender of the Year (Total Loans)
TD Bank
 
7(a) Lender of the Year (Total Loan Dollars)
Live Oak Banking Company
 
For additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit sba.gov/NSBW .
 
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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. 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, and recover from declared disasters.  It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit https://www.sba.gov.
 
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Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2020. SBA’s participation in this Cosponsored Activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.