Georgia Small Business Award Winners Announced

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ATLANTA –- Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of Small Business Week. This year, which marks the 50th anniversary, National Small Business Week will be June 17-21, 2013. To learn more go to www.sba.gov/nsbw/.

May 20- 24, 2013 has been designated Georgia Small Business Week by Governor Deal, “where he urges all Gerogians to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements made by small businesses, both locally and nationally.”

“Over the past year, I have observed an increasing optimism among Georgia’s small business. Many that survived “The Great Recession” find themselves stronger and in a better competitive position because of the lessons learned,” said Terri Denison, District Director. “Small Business Week is the perfect opportunity to highlight the spirit of entrepreneurism and achievements in the small business community.” There is a robust schedule of events lined up this year and details for the events can be found at www.sba.gov/ga.

In conjunction with Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration Georgia District Office is pleased to announce the results of the annual awards. Recipients will receive formal recognition at the awards luncheon hosted by the Georgia Quality Lenders Circle (GLQC) on May 23th.

The winners are:

Small Business Person of the Year
Beth Cayce
CaraVita Home Care
648 Mimosa Blvd
Roswell, GA 30075
P: 770-643-1712

Small Business Person of the Year (1st runner up)
Jeffrey Manley & Jusak Bernhard
TailsSpin Pet Supply Store
4501 Habersham St
Savannah, Georgia 31405
P: 912-691-8788

Small Business Person of the Year (2nd runner up)
Loretta Emmons
Heartsong Spay Neuter Clinic
421 South Belair Road
Martinez, GA 30907
P: 706-860-9300

Georgia Exporter of the Year
Fondarific/Candy Craft Creations
Laura Darnall
Lois Judy
24 Telfair Place
Savannah, GA 31415
P: 912.232.4410

Home Based Business Champion of the Year
Pam Schloemer
Schloemer Business Services, LLC
P: 770.237.9173

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Lloyd Atkins
Business Consultant
The University of Georgia SBDC
2296 Henderson Mill Road
Suite 404B
Phone: 770-414-3110

Veteran Small business Champion of the Year
Mr. Dwayne Hayes
Founder and President
Exalt Integrated Technologies, LLC
401 Bombay Lane
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 770-217-4688 Ext. 100

Women in Business Champion of the Year
Diana Morrison, Advertising Specialty Services,
402 East Montgomery Crossroads
Savannah, Georgia 31406
912 920-4901

Entrepreneurial Success Award
Almark Foods of Gainesville, GA
John Stanton
Don Stoner
2118 Centennial Drive
Gainesville, GA 30504
Phone: 770-536-4520

Financial Services Champion of the Year
Guardian Bank
Dr. Ronald M. Zaccari
Eric Johnson
229.241.9444
229.247.6991

Small Business Media Advocate of the Year
Lisa Schoolcraft
Industry Focus Editor
Atlanta Business Chronicle
404-249-8006

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