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SBA Announces 2016 Florida Small Business Week Winners

U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida District Director Wilfredo J. Gonzalez is pleased to announce the winners of SBA’s 2016 District and State of Florida Small Business Week Awards.

“Once a year I have the privilege of acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments of small business owners in Florida. I would like to congratulate all of this year’s Small Business Week winners. The nominations this year were very competitive, and all the winners are highly deserving of their respective awards,” stated Gonzalez.

The 2016 SBA North Florida District Small Business Person of the Year is Mr. Sunil Tarneja, President of C.T. Windows, Inc. d/b/a Architectural Aluminum Techniques (Orlando, Florida).

The 2016 North Florida district and SBA State of Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year is awarded to a team this year. Co-winners, Mr. David Bello, Sr., President and Mr. John Hartnett, VP Global Business Development at Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc. (Newberry, Florida) will share the title for the 2016 year.

The 2016 North Florida District and State of Florida Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year is Mr. J. Peter Wilking, President of A1A Solar Contracting, Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida).

The 2016 North Florida District and State of Florida Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year is Ms. Sarah Blake, President of Elipsis Engineering & Consulting (Winter Garden, Florida).

The 2016 North Florida District Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year Mr. Gabriel Ruiz, LTC, USA (Ret.), President and CEO, Advanced IT Concepts, Inc. (Winter Springs, Florida).

The 2016 North Florida and SBA State of Florida Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year is Ms. Kristen Tackett, Vice President – Business Services of Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC).

The 2016 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. For a full list of South Florida winners, please contact Althea Harris at (305) 536-5521 x152.

The 2016 Small Business Week Award Winners from the Jacksonville area will be recognized at the Annual Small Business Week & Lender Awards Celebration on May 5, 2016 in Jacksonville at the University of North Florida’s University Center from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This event is hosted by Janice Donaldson, Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida.

The Orlando area Small Business Week winners will be honored at a private event hosted by Eunice Choi, Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida, on May 17, 2016, at the Citrus Club.

For more information about local winners or programs available through the Small Business Administration, please visit the agency Website at www.sba.gov/fl/north or call (904) 443-1900.


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