This isn’t like the competition we see on today’s popular entertainment television shows. No, it’s far more serious competition and recognition of small businesses that create jobs, produce revenue, lift local economies, support the local infrastructure and give back charitably to the communities where they live and work. It’s about the business of America.
Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. June 20-21, when one of them will be selected as the “National Small Business Person of the Year” during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, (June 16-21). While in D.C., the winners will have opportunities to meet with top administration officials, and national business leaders.
Puerto Rico Small Business Person of the Year José A. Irizarry, president of Centro Gomas del Oeste, and U.S. Virgin Islands Small Business Person of the Year Charles N. King, president of Delta Electric & Construction Company Inc., will be competing for the national title of SBA’s highest distinction.
Both entrepreneurs were honored earlier this month at local Small Business Week events in the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands district.
Leading up to the Washington, D.C. event there are regional events that week in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh designed to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.
The participating state small business winners represent a broad range of business products, services and innovations, including a helicopter pilot school in Arizona, a native foods restaurant in Guam, a pet resort in Illinois, a tool and die company in Massachusetts, a structural steel contractor in California and 49 others from across the country.