SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office Honors Small Business Champions at 2023 National Small Business Week Awards Celebration

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create roughly two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

National Small Business Week 2023 is April 30 to May 6.

The 2023 National Small Business Week winners have been announced by SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office in Euless, recognizing the hard work, ingenuity, and dedication of America’s small businesses, and celebrating their contributions to the economy.

The SBA said that seven district winners will be honored during the annual awards celebration in conjunction with SCORE.

“This is an exciting time for SBA as we celebrate the many contributions and successes of small businesses and champions in our district,” SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Director Herbert Austin said in a statement. “These seven winners represent the hard work, innovation and economic power that small businesses display within our communities. We are honored to join our resource partner SCORE in recognizing these amazing entrepreneurs and champions of business”.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Small Business Awards Luncheon, sponsored by SCORE Fort Worth, will be May 2 at the Hurst Conference Center at 1601 Campus Drive, in Hurst.

The 2023 Dallas/Fort Worth District Small Business winners are:

Dallas/Fort Worth District Small Business Person of the Year
Jason Phillips, CEO, Phillips Home Improvements, Allen

Dallas/Fort Worth District Financial Services Champion
Patricia Zelayandia, vice president, Texas First Bank, Arlington

Dallas/Fort Worth District Minority Small Business
Charles G. Jenkins, founder, Steritec Inc., Athens

Dallas/Fort Worth District Woman in Business Champion
Myra Dawn Cole, CEO, Kerberos International Inc., Temple

Dallas/Fort Worth District Veteran Business Champion
Patrick Alcorn, director, UTA VBOC, Arlington

Dallas/Fort Worth District Young Entrepreneur
Ashleigh Squires, Blush & Honey Boutique, Wichita Falls

Dallas/Fort Worth District Family-Owned Business
hlh & r LP, Hugh Grandstaff and Lynne Grandstaff, owners, Waxahachie

The SBA said that for more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, recognizing the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create roughly two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration highlights the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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