National Small Business Week recognizes the importance of small businesses to the US economy

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For more than 50 years, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been celebrating National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of American entrepreneurs and small business owners. National Small Business Week is co-hosted by SCORE, US Small Business Mentors and a resource partner of SBA. The event will take place this week (April 30 – May 6, 2023).

“National Small Business Week celebrates the resilience, innovation and economic strength of America’s small businesses and innovative startups,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman “Amid a record 10.5 million people who have applied to start a new business under the Biden-Harris administration, I am excited to showcase our highly influential entrepreneurs building wealth in their communities while strengthening our country’s global competitiveness.”

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This year marks the return of in-person awards ceremonies in Washington, DC for the first time since 2019. On Monday, May 1, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will National Small Business Owner of the Year from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. She will also honor individuals in the award categories below:

Small Business Exporter of the Year

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General Contractor of the Year for Small Businesses

Small Subcontractor of the Year

8(a) Graduate Company of the Year

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for excellence

Other award winners include:

  • Stonehenge Community Impact Fund, L.P of Columbus, Ohio, and Balance Point Capital Partners, LLC of Westport, CT have been named the 2023 Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) of the Year.
  • Scienceheadquartered in North Carolina, has been named the 2023 Small Business Exporter of the Year.
  • Phoenix Award for excellent disaster recovery for small businesses: Tyson Grenzebach, President/CEO, Landlocked Industries, Lake Charles, LA.
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Government Official: Kathy Stewart O’Nan, Mayor of Mayfield, KY.
  • Phoenix Award for outstanding contributions to disaster recovery by a volunteer: Sandra Kaye Delk, Volunteer, Mayfield, KY.
  • Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC as National Main Contractor of the Year.
  • Dicin Electric Company as owned by a woman in Connecticut National Subcontractor of the Year.
  • Puerto Rico HVAC engineering company Multi Air Services Engineering, Corp as 8(a) Graduate Company of the Year.

The SBA also congratulated the 2023 Resource Partner winners:

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  • SCORE Chapter of the Year from Broward County, Florida;
  • Women’s Business Center of the Year from San Diego, California;
  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award for the SBDC in Miami, Florida; And
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award from Tukwila, Washington.

The National Small Business Week Virtual Summit will take place on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3. The schedule of workshops is available here. In addition, Biz2Credit will announce its annual on May 3, in conjunction with Small Business Week Top 25 Best Cities for Small Business.

Every day, entrepreneurs work to grow small businesses, create jobs in the 21st century, drive innovation and increase America’s global competitiveness. National Small Business Week highlights the impact of outstanding small business owners and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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