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.”
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