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SBA to honor JAX small business owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) North Florida District Office has announced the SBA’s 2011 North Florida Small Business Week winners, who will be honored 19th Annual Small Business Week & Lender Awards Celebration on May 25.

The 2011 SBA North Florida District Small Business Person of the Year is Fernando C. Pereira of Orlando.  He is the president of Pegasus Transportation.  Pereira was nominated by the University of Central Florida’s Small Business Development Center.

Other winners include:

• Jessica Lynn Evans, vice president of Regions Bank (Jacksonville)—the District and State Financial Services Champion of the year.

• Arthur J. Lee, president of Lee Wesley Restaurants, Inc. (Jacksonville)—the 2011 Minority Business Champion of the Year.

• David M. Capps, president of Caribbean Breeze (Yulee) — the 2011 Small Business Exporter of the Year.

• Scott Shannon Hulihan, president of Hulihan Territory, Inc. (Jacksonville) — the 2011 Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year.

• Kathryn R. Murphy, president/CEO of Comfort Keepers (Ponte Vedra Beach) — the 2011 Women in Business Champion of the Year.

• David Moorefield, president, DAK Resources (Jacksonville) — the 2011 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year.

“We are extremely proud of the number of amazing nominations that came into our office this year for Small Business Week, says Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, SBA District Director.   “It was difficult for the judges to choose the winners for this year based on all of the successful small businesses nominated this year.  We wish we could highlight all of the extraordinary entrepreneurs in North Florida.  Congratulations to this year’s winners.  It is truly an honor to witness the success of the small businesses adding value to the small business community in Florida.”

The 2011 Small Business Week Award Winners from the Jacksonville area (and top North Florida SBA lenders) will be recognized at the 19th Annual Small Business Week & Lender Awards Celebration on May 25 at the University of North Florida’s University Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida.  For more information on this award ceremony, please visit www.sbdc.unf.edu.

The Orlando area Small Business Week winners will be honored by an event hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida.  For more information, please contact the SBDC at 407-420-4850.


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