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West Virginia Small Business Owner wins National Award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2016 National Small Business Week awardees for 17 different categories, including 8(a) Graduate of the Year – won by West Virginia Small BusinessAction Facilities Management (AFM). AFM President and CEO, Diane Lewis Jackson, travels to Washington, D.C. May 1-2 to receive the award.


AFM provides total facilities and contracting services such as site management, physical armed and unarmed security and facilities maintenance to their clients. AFM clients include DOD, DOE, DOHS, DOA, FAA, FPS, FEMA, CDCP, BOP, CNR, US Library of Congress, DOS, USN, USA, ACOE, US Marshal, VA, GSA, MSHA, Bombardier, WVHTC, and other commercial sites.


“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.


“The nation needs to take notice of these great small businesses, like AFM, in West Virginia,” states SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator,Natalia Olson-Urtecho. “This is the second year a West Virginia small business has received a coveted National Small Business Week award.”


Jon Hammock, President and CEO of KeyLogic in Morgantown, received the 2015 National Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award.


“We are proud of Diane and all the accomplishments she has achieved,” states SBA’s West Virginia District Director, Karen Friel. “Diane took advantage of the programs and services offered by the SBA, such as the 8(a) program, and grew her business from a two person operation in her basement 15 years ago to today providing work to over 250 employees in 11 states and Washington, D.C.”


AFM also receives recognition at the invitation only district level Small Business Week Awards Ceremony on May 4, 2016 at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont.


For more information about National Small Business Week visit:





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.



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. For information on the SBA’s programs and services contact us at 304-623-5631 or


This article does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA of any opinions, products or services of any private individual or entity. All of SBA’s programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.


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