News Release: 2019 Small Business Week Award Recipients to be Honored by SBA Orange County / Inland Empire District Office

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Release Date: April 4, 2019


Release Number: OCIE 19-06



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2019 Small Business Week Award Recipients to be Honored by SBA Orange County / Inland Empire District Office 

One state and nine district awards honoring small businesses and champions will be presented during June 7th ceremony in Anaheim

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration, Orange County / Inland Empire District Office is pleased to announce the following individuals, businesses and organizations will be honored as recipients in the Agency’s annual Small Business Week awards program:

California Small Business Person of the Year – Jeff Perry, President, All Industrial Tool Supply; Huntington Beach

Small Business Person of the Year Runner-up (Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties) – Mark Anthony Vaca, Sr., President, OCS Construction Services, Inc.; Riverside

SBIR/ STTR Award – Eric Schmidt, President and Kevin Mahaffy, CEO, Exquadrum, Inc.; Adelanto

Family-Owned Business of the Year –Janine Gass, CEO and Darcy Thomas-Maskrey,VP of Operations; Techniglove International, Inc.; Riverside

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Frederick Daniel Leaf, President/ CEO, Leaf Communications Consulting LLC; San Clemente

Woman Owned Small Business of the Year – Casandra Williams, CEO/CFO Environmental Consultant, A-Tech Consulting, Inc.; Orange

Community Excellence Chamber Award – Bryan Starr, President/CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce; Irvine

Community Excellence City Award-- Jessica Gonzales, City of Anaheim Economic Development Team; Anaheim

Micro Business of the Year – Cindy Dale Greaver, Owner, Chef, Creative Mind,Bookkeeper, MRS.G’s; Temecula

SCORE Mentor of the Year-- Debbie Molino, SCORE-Orange County Chapter

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the contributions made by small business owners and champions to create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. More information on the individual honorees is forthcoming.

The awardees will be recognized and receive their awards at the local Small Business Week Awards program, which will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom. For more information on the event email or call (949) 891-1464.


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

About the Orange County / Inland Empire District Office

The Orange County / Inland Empire District Office, under the leadership and vision of J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director, is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Located in Santa Ana near John Wayne Airport, the office and its staff facilitate understanding and access to SBA loan programs; coordinate and conduct hundreds of training sessions and special events annually such as matchmaking forums and loan workshops; and manage a portfolio of more than 100 businesses enrolled in the agency’s 8(a) business development program.