National Small Business Week, between May 3 and May 9, recognizes the important contributions of small business owners. In North Carolina, Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) and the SBA North Carolina District Office honor exceptional local small businesses and individuals each year at our Small Business Week Awards Luncheon. Unfortunately this year, due to the pandemic crisis, this event has been postponed by both CSBDF and SBA.
Since 1963, the National Small Business Week has been held to recognize the contributions small businesses make to the nation. During this period the SBA and other organizations like CSBDF highlight the impact of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation.
Even though the Awards event was canceled, CSBDF is still recognizing this year’s Award Winners below:
- Kenny Ragsdale, owner of Frontline Fitness – Heart of Resilience Award – This award goes to a business that persisted after suffering loss or setback from hurricane Matthew and is still standing.
- Sewel Mills, owner of Elias Logistics LLC – Veteran Business of the Year: This award goes to a business that is owned and managed by a Veteran and/or a business that has supported Veteran empowerment and advocacy.
- Yolanda Bryant, owner of Yotaron Enrichment and Resource Center LLC – WWBC Mountain Climber Award: This award goes to a business owner who has exhibited perseverance in overcoming personal and business market challenges while remaining committed to community impact and empowerment.
- Shirley Stokes, owner of Healthcare Options of The East Inc – Main Street Business of the Year: This award goes to a borrower that has used capital from their loan to make a positive impact in their local community and economy.
- Kaye Bentley, owner of Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours LLC– Entrepreneur of the Year Award: This award goes to a business owner that has exhibited innovation in their business model and social responsibility in their execution.
The National Small Business Week is one of the most important events for recognizing the contribution of small businesses in America. It is more than just a chance for entrepreneurs to meet and interact but also come together to jointly address the challenges they face.