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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Orlando Espinosa Wins 2016 SBA Small Business Advocate of the Year

Interise StreetWise ‘MBA’™ instructor Orlando Espinosa has been selected as the winner of the 2016 U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Florida and State of Florida Small Business Advocate of the Year. The award acknowledges Espinosa’s “personal efforts and achievements in advocating and advancing business ownership for Florida entrepreneurs,” said Francisco “Pancho” Marrero, SBA District Director. In congratulating Espinosa, Marrero added, “Your personal commitment to help small business owners and entrepreneurs obtain the knowledge, skills, and insights they need for success is commendable.”orlando espinosa emineo media sba interise emerging leaders Streetwise MBA

Interise has partnered with the SBA since 2008. The partnership originally brought Interise’s model for accelerating economic and small business growth in lower income communities to 10 cities. The continued partnership now brings the organizations’ joint StreetWise Steps™ small business capacity building program to promising small business owners in 54 cities across North America.

Espinosa is one of over sixty instructors in the Interise Network who facilitate learning in StreetWise ‘MBA’™ classrooms across the country, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and internationally in Bermuda. Instructors come from a diverse set of entrepreneurial, small business, and executive level business backgrounds that range from strategy and marketing consultant firms to Fortune 500 companies.

“Every entrepreneur and small business owner has a story to tell. Knowing their story and why they started their business keeps me engaged and motivated. My goal is to ensure their stories are known and their businesses have an opportunity to grow and succeed!” said Espinosa, Co-founder of Emineo Media.

Charisma and passion are hallmarks of Espinosa’s approach to sharing the benefits for entrepreneurs and established business to understand the importance of being educated and informed business owners. Orlando was the first National Spokesperson for The Sallie Mae Fund’s “On the road: Paying for College Bus Tour.” The coast-to-coast tour gained national recognition for financial aid workshops in 70 cities. He was also a key member of creating and branding 2futuro, a bilingual loan and outreach program by Sallie Mae and USA Funds. As a leadership advisor for ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., a youth-based organization, he empowered students through education and leadership workshops.

We congratulate Espinosa on this great achievement and look forward to the 3-year Strategic Growth Action Plans™ that twenty entrepreneurs will develop with his facilitation as part of this year’s StreetWise Steps™ program in Miami.


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.
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.

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