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It’s Small Business Week!

With so much going on, it’s hard to remember to celebrate. Let this be your official reminder. It’s National Small Business Week which means many of you need to take a moment and give yourself a much deserved pat on the back.

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. It’s easy to understand why, but this year is unlike any before. While still navigating through the pandemic and the nationwide shutdown, small businesses have and will continue to play a key role in our nation’s recovery.

Read: Proclamation on National Small Business Week, 2020

Nevada Celebrates

The virtual National Small Business Week event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22-24. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy.  For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit sba.gov/NSBW. 

The Nevada District office of the U. S. Small Business Administration is proud to recognize, the 2020 small business award honorees.  

Small Business Week provides SBA with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of a number of deserving small business owners across the state.  “I enjoy the opportunity to share these moments with the various business owners throughout the State of Nevada, their hard work and dedication is justly rewarded by receiving this SBA award. Each business owner should be proud of their accomplishments and the recognition they are receiving within the Nevada small business community,” said Joseph Amato, SBA’s Nevada District Director. 

Nevada Recognizes Key Leaders and Small Businesses  

Paul Sallach, owner of All In Aviation, LLC, Las Vegas was named the 2020 Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Nevada. 

Other awards and honorees include:

Minority Owned Small Business of the Year:

Edwin Suarez, Owner – Suarez Physical Therapy, Las Vegas

Woman Owned Small Business of the Year:

Ira Kaganovsky – Green, CEO/Founder – Free Brands Inc., Las Vegas

Professional Woman Owned Small Business of the Year:

Dr. Kimberly A. Cortez, M.D., CEO – Total Wellness Family Medicine, Las Vegas

Family Owned Small Business of the Year – Northern Nevada:

Tiffany Novich, President/CEO – Full Tilt Logistics, Full Tilt Transportation LLC, Reno

Family Owned Small Business of the Year – Southern Nevada:

Michael E. Minden, President – Michael E. Minden Diamond Jewelers, Las Vegas

Microenterprise Business of the Year:

Alana Wise, CEO – Bio-Logical, LLC, Boulder City

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

Haipeng Dai, President – Starstar, LLC, Las Vegas

Veteran Owned Business of the Year:

Sharon Christ, President/CEO – S&B Christ Consulting, LLC, Las Vegas   

Legacy Award:

Amanda Signorelli, Managing Partner and Nicholas McMillan, Managing Partner – Golden Steer Steakhouse, Las Vegas

Rural Owned Business of the Year:

John Getto, Managing Partner and David Eckert, Partner – Desert Oasis Teff and Grain, Fallon  

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award:

David Eclips, DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer – McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas

Exporter of the Year (also SBA Region IX Winner):

Steven L. Harrington, Owner/President – Retro Manufacturing, LLC, Henderson

8(a) Graduate of the Year:

Alisa Acosta, CEO – A.R. Acosta Ltd., Reno

Regional Administrator Award:

Jenna Nye, CEO/Founder – Off the Strip, LLC

Nevada Small Business Advocate of the Year:

Alicia Marasco, Bond Advocate

For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit sba.gov/NSBW

Melissa Marsh, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a human resources consultant and founder of HRinDemand, a human resources company in Reno, NV, offering expert guidance and easy-to-use tools to help small businesses with employment regulations, compliance, employee relations, and company growth.

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