WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the 2017 National Small Business Week awardees for 16 different categories ranging from exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and research and development.
Last week McMahon announced the 54 Small Business Person of the Year state and territorial winners. These recipients are now competing for the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on April 30-May 1.
"More than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of three net new jobs in the U.S. each year. I couldn't be prouder of all the awardees this year – they are working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America's global competitiveness. It is an honor during National Small Business Week to honor and celebrate their hard work and success," McMahon said.
Awards announced today:
- Exporter of the Year
- Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year
- Small Business Investment Company of the Year
- SCORE Chapter of the Year
- Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award
- Women's Business Center of Excellence Award
- Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
- Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
- Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
- Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
- Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
- Federal Procurement Awards:
- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors in Services, R&D and Manufacturing)
- 8(a) Graduate of the Year
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 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.
National Exporter of the Year
Abram's Bed LLC
Dba The Safety Sleeper
Small Business Development Center – Excellence and Innovation Award
SBDC at Hamilton Mill
Mr. David Riggs
Women's Business Center of Excellence
Mi Casa Women's Business Center
SCORE – Chapter of the Year
SCORE Boston – Chapter #20
Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service
8(a) Graduate of the Year
Healthcare Management Solutions LLC
Fairmont, West Virginia
Leah Joan Heimbach
Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
Wendy Katherine Baumann
President/Chief Visionary Officer
Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)
Deerpath Capital Management, LP
New York City
James H. Kirby
CEO & Director
Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
Ember Industries, Inc.
Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer
Clendenin, West Virginia
Outstanding Contributions To Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer (two winners)
Director of Social Services
Stephen K. Benjamin
Mayor, City of Columbia
Columbia, South Carolina
Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
QMF Steel, Inc.
Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
IO Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc.
San Diego, California
Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards
Jacobs Engineering, Inc.
Jacobs Vice President & ESSSA Group GM
Research and Development:
Wyle Laboratories, Inc.
Small Business Liaison Officer
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Corporate Supply Diversity Leader
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov
SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration