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2018 SBA South Florida Small Business Awards

Congratulations to Orlando Espinosa, co-founder of Emineo Media! Orlando was recently announced as winner of the 2018 State of Florida Small Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Florida SBDC at FIU was proud to have nominated him for this well deserved honor.

Read about some of the other winners here:
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MIAMI – U.S. Small Business South Florida District Office recently announced the winners of the SBA’s 2018 District and State of Florida Small Business Week Awards.
Rockledge, Florida-based SeaDek was named the SBA 2018 Small Business National Exporter of the Year. The company, nominated by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida, will be travel to Washington D.C to receive their award during the 2018 National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony.
“This is a celebratory announcement for the entire South Florida region,” said Lynn Douthett, interim district director for the South Florida District Office. “First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the entire SDBC at UCF team for their contributions towards SeaDek’s success. Rewarding this company on a national stage for their hard work and dedication will help to inspire other entrepreneurs considering expanding their business into the international trade marketplace.”
Exporter of the Year (National, Region IV, State of Florida and South Florida District)
Serenity Gardner, chief operating officer and Jason Gardner, vice president of marketing for SeaDek in Rockledge, Florida
Women’s Business Center of Excellence (Region IV, State of Florida and South Florida District)
weVENTURE at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida
Small Business Person of the Year (South Florida District)
Anais Badia, chief medical officer and owner of Florida Skin Center in Fort Myers, Florida
Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
Brian Butler, president and chief executive officer of Vistra Communications – an 8(a)-certified and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in Tampa, Florida
Community Partner of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
The Miami Bayside Foundation in Miami, Fla.
Small Business Advocate of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
Orlando Espinosa, co-founder of Emineo Media and 2016 SBA State of Florida Advocate of the Year, located in Miami, Florida
Young Entrepreneur Small Business Person of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District)
Luisa Santos, founder of Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream in Miami, Florida
Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year (South Florida District)
Moises Montañez, owner of Alta Quality Builders and SBA Region IV Regulatory Fairness Board member, located in Miami, Florida
Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year (South Florida District)
Karen Viera, owner of The Med Writers and 2016 SBA Emerging Leaders graduate, located in West Palm Beach, Florida
Winners will be presented with their NSBW awards during various ceremonies throughout the District.

2016 SBA South Florida Small Business Awards

2016 SBA South Florida Small Business Awards

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The SBA South Florida District and two satellite offices are responsible for the delivery of SBA programs in the state.  The district serves entrepreneurs and small business owners in the following 24 counties:  Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Saint Lucie, Sarasota

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SBA South Florida District Announces District and State of Florida National Small Business Week 2016 Winners

Release Date:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Release Number:
16-02 So. Fla.
Contact:
Althea Harris (305) 536-5521 ext. 152

MIAMI – U.S. Small Business South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero is pleased to announce the winners of SBA’s 2016 State of Florida and South Florida District Small Business Week Awards.  The award winners will receive their awards and be celebrated during National Small Business Week, May 1-5, 2016 at locations throughout the SBA South Florida District.

“The caliber of our South Florida small businesses nominated for the SBA’s Small Business Week Awards continues to increase with each passing year,” said Marrero. “Our award winners are truly representative of the high-quality companies that are doing the hard work of business growth, innovation, and job creation that make our South Florida economy and communities stronger and stronger. We are pleased to honor them.” SBA-logo emineo media

The 2016 SBA South Florida Small Business Week Awards Winners are:

South Florida District and State of State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year is Sherry L. Acanfora-Ruohomaki, Owner/President of K9 Kampus, LLC of Melbourne, FL.

South Florida District and State of Florida Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year is Francisco Semsch, President of FSA in Tampa, FL

South Florida District and State of Florida Small Business Advocate of the Year is Orlando Espinosa, Co-Founder of Emineo Media of Miami, FL.

South Florida District and State of Florida Small Business Media Advocate of the Year are Pete de la Torre and Sally Villalba of World Business Radio Network, LLC which hosts the Pete Biz Radio Show from Doral, FL.

South Florida Small Business Woman-Owned Person of the Year is Tailleen Arias, President of the Doral Conservatory & School of the Arts located in Doral, FL.

South Florida Small Business Veteran Owned Business of the Year is Brian Butler, Vistra Communications, LLC located in Tampa, FL

Region IV Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award: weVenture (formerly The Women’s Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology) located in Melbourne, FL where Beth Gitlin is the Director.

Source : SBA

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