SBA Honors Outstanding Resource Partners During National Small Business Week

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The winners are from Metro Atlanta, Georgia; Louisville, Kentucky; and Watervliet, NY and represent partnerships with community leaders who support women, veterans and small rural businesses

Washington, April 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today the US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the three winners of the 2022 National Small Business Week Resource Partners in recognition of their impact on local economic development, job creation, and supporting the growth of small businesses in the United States, especially among women and seasoned entrepreneurs as well as small business owners in rural communities. Thousands of SBA Resource Partners have provided essential support to small business owners facing the challenges of the pandemic, as well as pivoted and expanded as we continue to build a better America. Winners include:

  • Metro-Atlanta Women’s Business Center (WBC) – Norcross, GA

  • Louisville Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Louisville, Kentucky

  • McNulty Veteran Business Center (VBOC) – Watervliet, New York

Each year, the SBA counsels, trains, and counsels more than one million entrepreneurs and small business owners with the help of its resource partners. Together, SBA resource partners continue to enhance decades of consulting expertise for every stage of a business’s lifecycle.

“The SBA’s National Network of Resource Partners provides mentorship, training, resources, and localized assistance that are having a tremendous impact on small businesses across the country. In 2021, our network enabled small businesses to access more than billions of dollars in capital and relief assistance, start more than 26,000 new businesses, and create and retain more than two million jobs,” mentioned Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator of the SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development. “We have a lot of work ahead of us and I am motivated to continue to deepen our collaboration with our resource partners as we move towards our shared goal of making 2022 brighter for all of our entrepreneurs. I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize and congratulate these resource partners for their exceptional efforts.

The SBA congratulates the following National Small Business Week 2022 Resource Partner winners:

Women in Business Center of Excellence Award

Sandra Font is the director of the Metro-Atlanta Women’s Business Center. Under his leadership, the Metro-Atlanta WBC supported 1,277 jobs; contributed to the creation of more than 240 companies; helped businesses access $37,069,809 of capital, 44% of which through SBA loans; and served over 5,000 unique customers.

Since joining Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs in 2017, Ms. Font has been an innovator in implementing inclusive entrepreneurship initiatives such as the Hispanic Entrepreneurship Series, ACE Annual Speed ​​Coaching and the Annual Minority Business Expo.

Notably, the Metro-Atlanta WBC has consistently exceeded its performance goals. The Metro Atlanta WBC is an Entrepreneur Capital Access Program, a Georgia 501(c)(3) nonprofit and community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides capital, coaching, and connections for help borrowers create and grow sustainable businesses that generate jobs.

Small Business Development Service Excellence and Innovation Award

The Louisville SBDC consistently exceeds all of its scorecard targets. When the pandemic hit, the SBDC was the first to provide timely information and summon experts to deliver vital information and resources to Kentucky communities as quickly as possible.

When the SBDC board moved to virtual meetings, the SBDC leveraged its online planning program. The team introduced the software to the state network, and it was quickly adopted in all centers. In addition, the SBDC has developed and launched CONNECTION TRAININGa web page where clients can quickly and easily view a Coach’s unique skills, contact a Coach, or view the Coach’s calendar and schedule a meeting.

Additionally, the team created, developed, tested and launched the Guide to entrepreneurship group coaching program to give entrepreneurs basic information, tools and materials to help them plan their startup in a group setting. Additionally, the Louisville team has recorded all the material and is making it available to customers.

Center for Veterans Affairs Awareness Service Excellence Award

  • McNulty Veterans Business Center

  • Amy Amoroso, VBOC Director

  • Watervliet, NY

Since 2014, the McNulty Veteran Business Center (VBC) has been helping veterans, service members, and military spouses start and grow their businesses. The center serves as the essential host organization for the US Small Business Administration Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), covering New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

McNulty VBC provides a range of services and networking opportunities through entrepreneurial training and counseling to veterans, transitioning military members and military spouses. Using emerging technologies, the center strengthens the seasoned business ecosystem by providing services both virtually and in person.

Originally founded as an accelerator program, the Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity has helped veteran entrepreneurs overcome barriers to starting a small business and provided access to resources businesses in the capital region. The McNulty Veteran Business Center strives to build on this legacy of business success for those who have served.

National Small Business Week 2022

The SBA will co-host a free, four-day virtual summit from May 2-5, 2022, with SCORE, to honor the nation’s 32.5 million small businesses for their perseverance. This year’s summit will provide access to essential federal resources, educational workshops and networking to help our country’s entrepreneurs pivot and grow in the face of any challenge, seize new opportunities and ensure that the dream of starting a small business is within reach of every American.

The 2022 Small Business of the Year award winners from each state, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will be honored, and the SBA will announce the name of the 2022 National Small Business of the Year among the state winners. represented. In addition, National Small Business Week recognition and training sessions will be held in each of the SBA’s 10 regions and 68 district offices.

National Small Business Week event registration details and speaker information will be announced at a later date and posted at www.sba.gov/NSBW.

Co-Sponsorship Authorization # 22-1-C. SBA’s participation in this co-sponsored activity does not constitute an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any co-sponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are offered to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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About National Small Business Week

For nearly 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the vital contributions of American entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of three new jobs in the United States each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the US Small Business Administration is taking the opportunity to recognize the impact of exceptional entrepreneurs, small business owners and others in all 50 US states and territories. Every day, they work to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, spur innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

About the United States Small Business Administration

The United States Small Business Administration helps fuel the American dream of business ownership. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared crisis. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

CONTACT: Press Office United States Small Business Administration [email protected]
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