WASHINGTON, April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2019 National Small Business Week awardees for 17 different categories ranging from research and development, exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and construction.
"The SBA works to connect entrepreneurs to counseling and funding opportunities that provide the boost they need, no matter what stage of the lifecycle their business is in. Together with our SBA lending and resource partners in communities across America, small businesses are able to confidentially drive our economy," McMahon said. "During National Small Business Week, the SBA will present well-deserved honors to the many individuals and organizations that have excelled at assisting small businesses, whether they are starting, growing, or recovering from disasters."
Last month, McMahon announced the 53 Small Business Persons of the Year state and territorial winners. These recipients are now competing for the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year.
All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on May 5-6.
Awards announced today:
Exporter of the Year
Jody C. Raskind Microlender 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, Manufacturing, and Contracting)
Exporter of the Year EarthQuaker Devices Akron, OH Julianne Marie Robbins, CEO Jamie R. Stillman, Founder, President, Product Designer
Jody C. Raskind Microlender of the Year Colorado Enterprise Fund Denver, CO Ceyl Prinster, CFA President and Chief Executive Officer
Small Business Investment Company Eagle Fund III, LP St. Louis, MO Wayne L. Smith II Managing Director
SCORE Portland, Maine Chapter Portland, ME Nancy Strojny, Chapter Chair
Small Business Development Center – Excellence and Innovation Award Ohio SBDC at Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH Patricia Veisz, Director
Women's Business Center Montana Women's Business Center at Prospera Business Network Bozeman, MT Suzi Berget White, Director
Veterans Business Outreach Center Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL Brenton Peacock, Associate Director
2019 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official Linda Parks Ventura County Supervisor, District 2 Thousand Oaks, CA
2019 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer Christine Nieves Rodriguez Luis Rodriguez Sanchez Volunteers/Co-Founders Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana (PAM) (Mariana Mutual Support Project) Humacao, PR
2019 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery Stephanie Vitori, President Cheeseburger Baby Miami Beach, FL
National Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Medved Global, Inc. Dolores, CO Michelle Hicks, President
National Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Admiral Engineering & Manufacturing Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jennifer Rahn, President
Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – Construction Category Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Ann E. Massey, CEO
Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – R&D Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA Felicia Aileen Bell, Manager, Small Business Programs Office
Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – Services Booz Allen Hamilton McLean, VA Linda Asher, Vice President, Financial Services Lynn Livengood, Manager, Small Business Office
Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – Manufacturing Oshkosh Defense, LLC Oshkosh, WI Bridgette Lorrigan-Schuh, Small Business Liaison Manager Alyssa Hopfensperger, Small Business Liaison Associate Travis Schmuhl, Vice President, Global Procurement & Supply Chain
8(a) Graduate of the Year Prairie Quest Consulting Fort Wayne, IN Stacey Smith, CEO
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, 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 www.sba.gov.