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
Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The ELOCEN Group LLC
Alan R. Doan & Sarah B. Galbraith
Missouri Star Quilt Company
San Antonio Broker Services, Inc.
North Bergen, N.J.
American Document Services, LLC
Las Cruces, N.M.
OnForce Solar, Inc.
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
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
Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)
Monroe Capital Partners Fund LP
Theodore L. Koenig, Managing Member
Michael DiPiano, Managing Partner
Prime Contractor of the Year
Key Logic Systems, Inc.
Jon K. Hammock, President and CEO
Sub-Contractor of the Year
RTH Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Richard T Hansell, President
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.
Northrup Grumman Information Systems
Kathy L. Livengood, Sector Manager, Global Supplier Diversity
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
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
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
Release Number: 15-27
SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration