SBDC Hosts Small Business Week Event

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
The Aurora - South Metro SBDC was pleased to host to the May 6th Small Business Week Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, with 225 honored guests, the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District Office staff, respected sponsors and lending institutions, and the area business community. The luncheon and awards program was held at the Summit Conference & Event Center in Aurora, and the Keynote was given by Robert Hill, Associate Administrator with the Office of Field Operations at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Congressman Mike Coffman greeted the crowd and praised the backbone of our economy -- small businesses.

Emcee Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora - South Metro SBDC, presented the first Colorado SBDC Network Award: the Amy McDowell Service to Small Business Award. Amy McDowell was a kind and compassionate civil servant at the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District Office. She passed away suddenly last year and left a gaping hole because of her dedicated service to the small business community. The recipient of the award was Andrea Amonick, Development Services Manager for the City of Aurora. Amonick made it possible to merge the Aurora SBDC with the South Metro SBDC, convincing the City of Aurora to serve as host to the SBDC, which can now provide more resources to the Aurora small business community. Andrea also oversees several Urban Renewal projects, including the expansion of the Aurora Cultural Arts District and the development of the Gardens On Havana (formerly Buckingham Square) -- to name just two of many successful projects.  Congratulations, Andrea! Well deserved!

Andrea Amonick is shown above (in red) with Edward Cadena, Director, SBA Colorado District Office, on the left and Keynote Robert Hill and Marcia McGilley.


Colorado SBDC Network Award: Amy McDowell Service to Small Business Award: Andrea S. Amonick, Development Services Manager, City of Aurora

7(a) Large Lender of the Year: US Bank

7(a) Small Lender of the Year: Colorado Business (COBIZ) Bank

504 Large Certified Development Company of the Year: Colorado Lending Source

504 Small Certified Development Company of the Year: Preferred Lending Partners/Denver Urban Economic Development Co.

Community/Rural Lender of the Year: Colorado Enterprise Fund

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award: Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center |Joe Keck, Director, Durango, CO

Region VIII Subcontractor of the Year: George “Mike” Byrd | President/CEO, Allegiance Consulting, Inc., Denver, CO

Small Business Exporter of the Year (Region VIII Winner): 
Sheila Jaszlics | Pathfinder Systems, Inc., Arvada, CO

Small Business Person of the Year: Teresa Porter | ISYS Technologies, Littleton, CO

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