This article was written by Ben McCulloch, SCORE Orange County 1st Vice Chairman
During April 21-25, the SBA celebrated 'Small Business Week', and placed the spotlight on the significant impact and critical importance of small business on the Nation's economy. The SBA recognizes the entrepreneurs and organizations that have truly stood out over the last year.
Choosing those stand-outs is daunting task. Nationally, there are over 25 million small businesses (500 or fewer employees). 60% to 80% of new jobs are created by small businesses.
Here in Orange County, small business is a particularly big deal. Nearly 100 thousand small businesses – from agriculture, to finance, to utilities – employ roughly 1.4 million people. And that’s from a population of just over 3 million!
So, this week the SBA’s Santa Ana District office recognized several of these businesses successes and contributions to the small business community. All told, local businesses were awarded a national award, a state award, three regional awards and ten District Awards. Included were:
Small Business Person of the Year
Dr. Than Nguyen, Knowlwood Restaurants, based in Santa Ana.
Family-Owned Small Business
Garrett Pack, Santa Ana Creek Development Company, based in Orange.
Tim Gormick, Discount Water Sports of San Clemente.
Financial Services Champion
Nancy Russell of Comerica Bank
Home-Based Business Champion
Kimberly Davidson, MBD Marketing, based in Murrieta.
Veteran Small Business Champion
Robert Yap, Great Pacific Securities in Costa Mesa.
Minority Small Business Advocate
Kim Nguyen Zastro, VITEESE Recruiting and Staffing of Tustin.
Small Business Journalist
Lillian del la Torres-Jimenez, Jimenez Communications of Rancho Cucamonga.
Women in Business Champion
Camille Jayne, Matters at Hand, based in Irvine.
District Director’s Award
Dr. Fred Zandpour, Associate Dean in the College of Communications at CSU Fullerton.
Each of the winners announced this week will be presented the ‘Atlas Award’ at a gala banquet on September 27. Mark your calendars and look forward to more information from the SBA in the coming weeks.