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Action Facilities Management of Morgantown among National Small Business Week awardees

Awardees invited to Washington, D.C. recognition ceremony, May 1-2

WASHINGTON, D.C.Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, has announced the 2016 National Small Business Week awardees for 17 different categories ranging from exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and research and development.

Among the national winners was  Action Facilities Management, Inc. of Morgantown. Diana Lewis Jackson is president & CEO.


Last week Contreras-Sweet announced the 54 Small Business Person of the Year state and territorial winners.  These recipients are now competing for the 2016 National Small Business Person of the Year.  All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on May 1-2.


“National Small Business Week is an important moment when we honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and renew our commitment to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that is central to small business success. This year’s recipients are educators and dynamic leaders in their respective small business fields. It is an honor to celebrate their hard work and success,” said Contreras-Sweet.


Awards announced today:


  • Exporter of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • SCORE Chapter of the Year


  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year


  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
    • Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer


  • Federal Procurement Awards:
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year



Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.




National Exporter of the Year

Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc.

Newberry, Florida

David Peter Bello Sr.



John Hartnett

Vice President

Global Business Development


David A. Bello Jr.

General Manager, VP


Small Business Development Center (SBDC)


Charleston Area Small Business Development Center

North Charleston, South Carolina


Tom Lauria



Women’s Business Center of Excellence


Women & Technology

Dba Center for Technology & Business

Bismarck, North Dakota


Ms. Debra Mary Eslinger

Program Director


Ms. Deidre A. Hillman

Program Coordinator


Ms. Joanna C. Krizan

Financial Coordinator


Ms. Laurie C. Morse-Dell

Marketing Coordinator



Canton Ohio Chapter

Ed Messerly

Chapter Chair


Pat Ripple

Area District Director

Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service

New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Joe Long




8(a) Graduate of the Year


Action Facilities Management, Inc.

Morgantown, West Virginia


Ms. Diana Lewis Jackson

President & CEO


Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Luis E. Mora



Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)


Argentum Capital Partners

New York, New York


Walter H. Barandiaran

Managing Partner


Daniel Raynor

Managing Partner


Steve Berman

Partner and Chief Financial Officer



GMB Mezzanine Capital

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Carleton J. Olmanson

Managing Principal


Michael D. McHugh

Managing Partner


Daniel J. Hemiadan, CFA

Managing Partner


Phoenix Awards


Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery:


Majestic Vending and Services, Inc.

Staten Island, New York


Maryann Piazza

Chief Executive Officer


Stephen Piazza



Outstanding Contributions To Disaster Recovery by a Public Official:


City of Louisville

Louisville, Mississippi


William A. Hill



Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions To Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer:


Serve Moore Community Renewal Center

Moore, Oklahoma


Chris Fox

Executive Director



National Prime Contractor of the Year


McLaughlin Research Corporation

New London, Connecticut


James Bouthillier



Subcontractor of the Year


Sound Roof Systems Ltd.

Williston Park, New York


  1. Xavier Fleming



Dwight D. Eisenhowser Awards




Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.

Cape Canaveral, Florida


Gary Palmer





BAE Systems, Electronic Systems

Nashua, New Hampshire


Supplier Diversity Team:


Lici Deng

Debra Rotkiewicz

Karen Raymond

Monica St. Julien



Research & Development:


Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC/Brookhaven National Laboratory

Upton, New York


Jill Clough-Johnston

Small Business Liaison Officer



For more information about National Small Business Week visit:




ABOUT THE U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.



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