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SBA Honors National Small Business Champions

Washington, D.C. (PRESS RELEASE – May 20, 2009) – Fifteen small business owners and leaders of small business support organizations were hailed last May 18, 2009 by the U.S. Small Business Administration for their outstanding support of entrepreneurs. The 15 Champion Awards were presented today in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual observance of National Small Business Week.

The Champion Awards were presented at the Champion Award Winners Luncheon, sponsored by Sam’s Club.

“The SBA is proud to honor these men and women as true champions of small business, whose tireless efforts have provided tangible and significant support to small businesses and to their communities,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “They provide the counseling, advice and support that small business owners need, and foster an environment in which the spirit of entrepreneurship can flourish.”

This year’s Champion Awards recognize winners from Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin.

For more detailed information on all the winners please go to http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/ and click on Winners

The winners are:
2009 National Financial
Services Champion
Marilyn Landis
President & CEO
Basic Business Concepts, Inc.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009 National SBA Young Entrepreneurs
Stephen C. Voudouris
Christopher R. Francy
Andrew S. Voudouris
Xoxide, Inc.
Malvern, Pennsylvania

2009 National Veteran Champion
Charles M.Baker
President & CEO
MCB Lighting& Electrical & Government Logistics Solutions
Owings, Maryland

2009 National Exporter of the Year
Andrew Kruse
Executive Vice President for
Business Development
Southwest Wind Power
Flagstaff, Arizona

2009 Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
Timothy S. Parker
Harbor Industries, Inc.
Grand Haven, Michigan

2009 National Home Based
Business Champion
Nancy Reading, Jenny Cox
Barb McGann, Kris Simeona
Small Business Incubation Center
Cedar Edge Medical, LLC
Blanding, Utah

2009 National Small Business Journalist
Joanne Quinn Smith
Dreamweaver Marketing
Positively Pittsburgh Live Magazine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009 National Minority Champion
Eddie G. Davis
DaLite & Associates, LLC
St. Louis, Missouri

2009 National Women in
Business Champion
Laurie Benson
CEO & Co-Founder
Inacom Information Systems
Madison, Wisconsin

2009 Entrepreneurial Success
Avinash Rachmale
President & CEO
Lakeshore Engineering Services, Inc.
Detroit, Michigan

For additional information on Small Business Week 2009, including a full schedule of events and information on all award winners, go online to http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com .

A complete list of all award winners also is available on the National Small Business Week Web site at
http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com and click on Winners.

The U.S. Small Business Administration thanks the cosponsors of National Small Business Week and related events:SCORE, Sam’s Club, Symantec Corporation , Ford , Raytheon, Administaff, Visa, Sage, IBM, HP, Trend Micro, Lockheed Martin, Verio, Moran Media Group, D&B, Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL), National Small Business Association
(NSBA), Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting sbw@sba.gov.

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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