San Diego SBA Announces Local Small Business Week Award Recipients

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Release Date: April 24, 2019

Release Number: 19-01

 

 

Contact: Cynthial.Harris@sba.gov - 619-727-4884
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San Diego SBA Announces Local
Small Business Week Award Recipients

SAN DIEGO – The SBA San Diego District Office is proud to announce its 2019 Small Business Week Award winners:

Small Business Person of the Year
Sayed Ali, President
Interpreters Unlimited, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Marc Westray, Marketing and Sales Specialist, Interpreters Unlimited, Inc.

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
Espinoza's Clean Sweep (Fallbrook/Murrieta, CA)
Cindy Espinoza, CEO 
Nominator: North San Diego Small Business Development Center, Team

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
Shore Solutions, Inc. (Chula Vista, CA)
Elizabeth Valenzuela Banker, CEO/President
Nominator: Dalcia Bricie Paramo, Director of Human Resources, Shore Solutions, Inc.

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
La Jolla Logic, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Stacey Anfuso, President/CEO & Karina Arushanyan, Director of Business Development & Strategic Operations
Nominator: Self-Nominated

Anthony Vigil Award for Growth in the Wholesale Desserts Industry
Opera Patisserie (San Diego, CA)
Diane Anderson, CEO/CFO & Vincent Garcia, COO
Nominator: Christine Hoy, Senior Business Relationship Manager/VP, Chase Bank

SBA District Director's Award for Overcoming Adversity
Cookies con Amore (San Macos, CA)
Fernanda Carpraro, CEO/Founder
Nominator: North San Diego Small Business Development Center, Team

SBA District Director's Award for Growth in the Workforce Training Sector
ttcInnovations (Carlsbad, CA)
Deborah Wooldridge, CEO/Founder
Nominator: Sharon Peterson, Ph.D., Alumni Manager, Southern California Region for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses - College Advancement & Economic Development (CAED) Long Beach Community College District

SBA District Director's Award for SBA Mission Support
Lisa Bentson, Volunteer
SCORE San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Sally Broff, Chair, Woman's Programs, SCORE San Diego

Jill Andrews Advocacy Award for Outstanding Small Business Assistance in the Technology Sector
Mysty Rusk, Director
The Brink Small Business Development Center at the University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Nominator: Jonathan Irwin, Business Advisor (SBDC)

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award
South San Diego Small Business Development Center (National City, CA)
Carla Holland, Director
Nominator: Christine Perri, Dean Higher Education Center - Southwestern College in National City

Financial Services Champion of the Year
Christopher Rodewald, Vice President
US Bank SBA Division (San Diego,CA)
Nominator: North San Diego Small Business Development Center, Team

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
San Diego Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)/San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) Team (National City, CA)
Rachel Fischer, Director (on temporary reassignment); Brett Housholder, Acting Director; Luz Velasco,  Acting Deputy Director; Tricia Ferrand, Project Procurement Advisor; and Rosalva Sandoval, Project Clerk
Nominator: Karen Linehan, Business Outreach Program Manager, San Diego Unified School District

Veteran  Small Business Champion of the Year
Michelle Gongora, Business Services Manager
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (San Diego,CA)
Nominator: North San Diego Small Business Development Center, Team

Women in Business Champion of the Year
Candace Friedman, President
ACME Safety and Supply Corp. (National City,CA)
Nominator: North San Diego Small Business Development Center, Team

 “As America celebrates the 56th Anniversary of Small Business Week, this is an excellent opportunity to honor the small businesses that have helped make our nation great,” says SBA San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia. “SBA has helped well over 30 million Americans start, manage and grow their businesses, placing tens of billions of dollars in loans into the hands of entrepreneurs in all sectors of the economy.”

Business organizations, lending institutions, chambers of commerce and trade associations typically nominate candidates.  A panel is convened at the San Diego District Office to review local nominations and select a winner in each of the categories. 

This year's Small Business Awards Luncheon, presented by SBA's San Diego District Office, and the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, California, to publicly honor our local small business owners and advocates.  Individual seats cost $99. Register at: www.miracosta.edu/SBA-SBDCAwards

Every year since 1963 SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.

SBA will honor America’s top entrepreneurs at this year’s National Small Business Week events during the week of May 5th – 11th, 2019. Details for national events will be posted at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/.

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NOTE: Detailed information for each small business winners is available and interviews may be requested.  Please call Cynthia Harris, SBA, at (619) 727-4884 or email your request to cynthia.harris@sba.gov.

 

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