At Cartridge World Bloomingdale, Downers Grove and Wheaton, we salute all the small business owners who make up more than half of the hiring sector and who are the backbone of our country.
This year, marks the 50th anniversary of the first National Small Business Week. The event celebrates small business from all states, and culminates in Washington, DC, with an awards ceremony recognizing State and National Small Business Person of the Year. The event is sponsored by the Small Business Administration.
On the state level, the awards were announced on May 21, 2013. We congratulate the following 2013 Illinois Small Business Award Winners:
Women in Business Champion of the Year: Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Inc.
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: Mark Hands, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Small Business Exporter of the Year: Jason Speer and Sandra Westlund-Deeniham, Quality Float Works, Inc.
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year: Mary Richards Lawrence, Richards Graphic Communications, Inc.
Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Award: Jan L. Bauer, Illinois Small Business Development Center & International Trade Center At The College Of Lake County
7(a) Lender of the Year: JP Morgan Chase, Michael Hereda – Vice President SBA Programs
504 Lender of the Year: Growth Corp., Douglas Kinley – President
Community Lender of the Year: Community First Bank of the Heartland, Jo David Cummins – President & CEO
Rising Star Lender of the Year: Village Bank and Trust (WINTRUST), Thomas Huffman – President
We must note that , Saqib Nadeem of Paradise 4 Paws, LLC of Schiller Park, IL, a minority-owned and operated small business, received the “Small Business Person of the Year Award, for his outstanding contributions to the business and pet care industries.
Mr. Nadeem will be representing Illinois at the final award ceremony in Washington, DC.
We congratulate these outstanding business owners and small business supporters, and applaud all small business owners throughout the U.S. , for your relentless commitment to making a difference.