WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the 2015 National Small Business Week awardees.
"National Small Business Week is a chance to honor our nation's 28 million small businesses and renew our commitment to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that is central to the American experience. This year's winners are dynamic trailblazers in their respective small business fields, contributing to their local economies and providing good jobs in their communities. It is an honor to celebrate their hard work and success," said Contreras-Sweet.
Since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation designating one week each year as National Small Business Week. This year, the celebration will take place from May 4-8 all across the country, with the theme "Dream Big, Start Small." Administrator Contreras-Sweet will travel during the week to events in Miami, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, D.C.
The winners listed below, along with the six finalists for National Small Business Person of the Year, will be invited to a recognition ceremony at the White House on May 8th.
Finalists for National Small Business Person of the Year
Carol M. Craig Craig Technologies Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Necole Parker The ELOCEN Group LLC Washington, D.C.
Alan R. Doan & Sarah B. Galbraith Missouri Star Quilt Company Hamilton, Mo.
Michael Miqueli San Antonio Broker Services, Inc. North Bergen, N.J.
Richard Jackson American Document Services, LLC Las Cruces, N.M.
Charles Feit OnForce Solar, Inc. Bronx, N.Y.
Jody C. Raskind Microlender of the Year Award
Justine PETERSEN Housing & Reinvestment Corp. Robert Boyle, Founder & CEO St. Louis, Mo.
Community Advantage Lender of the Year
Empire State CDC (Subsidiary of NYBDC) Patrick J. MacKrell Albany, N.Y.
Small Business Development Center
Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University
William Joubert, Center Director Sandy A. Summers, Assistant Director/Training Coordinator Wayne R. Ricks, Senior Business Consultant Brandy M. Boudreax, Business Consultant
Women's Business Center
Instituto Empresarial para la Mujer (Women's Business Institute) Limaris Aponte, WBC Director San Juan, Puerto Rico
Exporter of the Year
Sawyer Manufacturing Company Dave Hembree, Vice President Tulsa, Okla.
Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)
Monroe Capital Partners Fund LP Theodore L. Koenig, Managing Member Chicago, Ill.
NewSpring Capital Michael DiPiano, Managing Partner Radnor, Pa.
Prime Contractor of the Year
Key Logic Systems, Inc. Jon K. Hammock, President and CEO Morgantown, W.Va.
Sub-Contractor of the Year
RTH Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Richard T Hansell, President Brentwood, N.H.
Construction: Amec Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. Thomas J. Logan, President Palm Beach, Fla.
Research & Development: UT – Battelle, LLC Cassandra M. Stuart, Manager, Small Business Programs Office Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Service: Northrup Grumman Information Systems Kathy L. Livengood, Sector Manager, Global Supplier Diversity McLean, Va.
Manufacturing: The Boeing Company Sherman Dupre, Director, Boeing SDB & SA St. Louis, Mo.
First State Manufacturing Eliseo Valenzuela, Owner/CEO Sher Valenzuela, Vice President/Co-Owner Milford, Del.
Veterans Business Outreach Center
Veterans Business Resource Center
Darcella Craven, Executive Director Damon Chaffin, Business Consultant Londa Young, Research Analyst Angela Thomas, Development Coordinator Darcella K. Craven, Executive Director Debbie Fanning, Administrator Alan Rohlfing, Outreach Director Tracy Bently, Business Counselor – KC market Roger Horn, Volunteer Business Mentor,
St. Louis, Mo.
Chester and Delaware County SCORE
George Edwards, Co-Chair Jim Kane, Co-Chair Hugh MacMaster, District Director
West Chester, Pa.
2015 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer
Christian Spears Staten Island, N.Y.
2015 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
Moriches Inlet Marine, Inc. Conrad Kreuter, President East Moriches, N.Y.
2015 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official
Town of Darrington, Wash. Dan Rankin, Mayor Darrington, Wash.