SBA Administrator Guzman Announces 2024 National Small Business Week Award Winners


Nebraska Small Business Person of the Year Michael Moravec, PT, DPT, OCS, owner Bluffs Physical Therapy in Scottsbluff to be Honored April 28-29 in Washington, D.C.

Michael Moravec

SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses, announced the National Small Business Week (NSBW) 2024 Award Winners including Nebraska’s Small Business Person of the Year and other business owners, leading partners, and advocates who embody the grit and determination that power our nation’s economy and ensure disaster-impacted communities can recover. This year’s NSBW will take place April 28-May 4, 2024.

“Our 2024 National Small Business Week award winners exemplify excellence, innovation, and commitment, and the SBA is proud to showcase their incredible achievements and impact on their communities and our economy,” said Administrator Guzman. “Under the Biden-Harris Administration, more Americans than ever before are pursuing the American dream of business ownership and able to access more opportunities, with historic investments in communities across America in local infrastructure, broadband, manufacturing, innovation, and clean energy. National Small Business Week is the nation’s opportunity to lift up the amazing entrepreneurs, small business advocates, local partners, advisors, lenders, and investors who support America’s entrepreneurial spirt and the historic Biden-Harris Small Business Boom.”

Nebraska’s Small Business Person of the Year is Michael Moravec, PT, DPT, OCS, owner of Bluffs Physical Therapy, a physical therapy clinic in Scottsbluff.

In 2018, Michael worked with U.S. Small Business Administration resource partner, Scottsbluff Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), to help him form a business entity with a business plan and financial projections. Michael obtained funding and opened a small rental space with one employee. Quickly growing in clients and staff, Michael contacted the NBDC again in 2019 to assist with financial projections to construct a larger building.

The 2020 COVID pandemic necessitated social distancing restrictions, reducing staff to one. As restrictions were lifted, Michael returned his employees one at a time. Fortunately, Michael’s construction on the new building was nearing completion. Michael officially moved his company to a larger building, which is currently staffed with 24 employees.

Michael serves on multiple community boards, volunteers, and donates yearly to various organizations, schools, and other programs.

The NSBW Award Ceremonies will take place April 28 – 29, 2024 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Administrator Guzman will recognize the national award winners and individual state winners, and also announce the top honor of National Small Business Person of the Year from among the individual state winners. Administrator Guzman will then launch a roadshow tour from April 30 – May 3, 2024, which will bring her to Manchester, N.H., Milwaukee, Wis., Denver, Colo., and Billings, Mont., where will be joined by local leaders to honor award-winning small businesses and discuss SBA initiatives and opportunities for the small business community. The week-long National Small Business Week celebration will also feature a virtual summit co-hosted by SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses.

2024 State Small Business Persons of the Year:

StateAwardee(s)Name of BusinessCity/State
AlabamaShanna Ullman, Timothy Ullman, Robert PrescottTransformation Partners LLCTuscaloosa, AL
AlaskaKali C BennettThe WaterworksAnchorage, AK
ArizonaAustin Tsosie/Dan RiggsDine Development CorporationScottsdale, AZ
ArkansasLynette WestHealthWear CorpJonesboro, AR
CaliforniaCarrie A. SchmidtB.C. Schmidt Construction, Inc.Colusa, CA
ColoradoBenjamin and Christine HerronAchieve Sports CenterDenver, CO
ConnecticutMaria MirandaMiranda CreativeNorwichtown, CT
DelawareAmy Lord Hughes
Lord’s Landscaping, Inc.Millville, DE
District of ColumbiaManuel “Manny” CosmeCFO Service GroupWashington, DC
FloridaYanet HerreroKINGS Service SolutionsOrlando, Florida
GeorgiaEric WilliamsUnified Defense and Prince Service & ManufacturingByron, GA
GuamJessica Leon GuerreroM80 Systems, Inc.
Asan, GU
HawaiiRonald B. PanzoNalu’s South Shore GrillKihei, HI
IdahoJeanne McFallRIVHAB Engineering DesignEagle, ID
IllinoisJacqueline JacksonKilwinsChicago, IL
IndianaDuJuan McCoyCircle City BroadcastingIndianapolis, IN
IowaCathy BishopAggie’s Inc.Sergeant Bluff, IA
KansasDallas M. HaselhorstTreetop Security, LLCHays, KS
KentuckyInes M. Rivas-HutchinsINTEC Group LLCLexington, KY
LouisianaIam TuckerIntegrated Logistical Support, Incorporated (ILSI, Inc.)New Orleans, LA
MaineMatthew PolsteinNew England Outdoor CenterMillinocket, ME
MarylandRose Maria LiRose Li and AssociatesBethesda, MD
MassachusettsStephanie VanderbiltCoastal Windows & ExteriorsBeverly, MA
MichiganTiffany KlingensmithUnconventional Solutions, Inc.Wixom, Mi
MinnesotaMicah Eveland; Kent EvelandScamp TrailersBackus, MN
MississippiJohn RuskeyQuapaw Canoe Co.Clarksdale, MS
MissouriCharlie M. Downs IIISugarfire SmokehouseSt. Louis, MO
MontanaLoretta L. Bolyard, PHDMountain West Psychological ResourcesButte, MT
NebraskaMichael Moravec, PT, DPT, OCSBluffs Physical TherapyScottsbluff, NE
NevadaWanda LunaUniversal Furniture DesignLas Vegas, NV
New HampshireSusan Borchert & Betsy HarrisonCounseling AssociatesNew London, NH
New JerseyIsabelita “Lita” Marcelo AbeleU.S. Lumber Inc.Woodbury Heights, NJ
New MexicoChristopher J. SweetinTriskelion Group of New Mexico, Inc.Albuquerque, NM
New YorkAneesa T. WaheedBollywood Masala Corp dba Tara KitchenSchenectady, NY
North CarolinaDylan Reid GehrkenGREASECYCLE, LLCRaleigh, NC
North DakotaCherie Olson HarmsLeonardite Products, LLCWilliston, ND
OhioEricka AdamsAdams Dental Assisting AcademyGahanna, OH
OklahomaAngelene WrightIda RedTulsa, OK
OregonMcKean Banzer-Lausberg, Michael Branes, Colin Rath, and Eric Banzer-Lausberg.Migration Brewing, LLCPortland, OR
PennsylvaniaDorothea SpencerD Gillette Industrial ServicesEaston, PA
Puerto RicoEduardo Diaz-ArgimonBaldwin Animal Hospital, PSCGuaynabo, PR
Rhode IslandBrian GoldmanBig Blue Bug SolutionsProvidence, RI
South CarolinaVickey EvansCORG Management Group LLCColumbia, SC
South DakotaNick & Greg HeinemanLook’s MarketplaceSioux Falls, SD
TennesseeCraig CharlesCrown Cutz AcademyJohnson City, TN
TexasTamiko BaileyBailey’s Premier Services, LLCFort Worth, Texas
UtahAutumn McGregorZion’s Tiny HomesHurricane, Utah
VermontKerry BoyleIntegrative Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineMontpelier, VT
VirginiaAnil BoinapalliSky Solutions, LLCHerndon, VA
WashingtonHeather McDowellSeattle Green Earth CleaningSeattle, WA
West VirginiaLisa Fritsch, Peter Fritsch, Adam Leach and Chet TobreyAgile5 Technologies, IncFairmont, WV
WisconsinEric Rupert, Sam McDaniel, Jessica BenishFortune FavorsCottage Grove, WI
WyomingDr. Erica HigginsEmpowered ChiropracticCasper, WY

In addition to state-level recognition, national awards will also be presented in the following categories to the following:

Small Business Exporter of the Year:

  • Spectrum International Group, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:

  • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery: The Coffee Shoppe, Selma, AL
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official: Dirk Joseph Guidry, Chauvin, LA
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer: Leanne Rogers Lovell, Wynne, AR

Federal Procurement Awards 

  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year: Action Manufacturing Company, Bristol, PA
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year: Knowledge Based Systems, Inc., College Station, TX
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence – Services (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors): Jacobs, Greenwood Village, CO
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence – Construction (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors): Bechtel Corporation, New York, NY
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Johnson’s Consulting dba Cetechs, Mesa, AZ

Awards to SBA Resource Partners:

  • SCORE Chapter of the Year Award: SCORE SE Wisconsin Chapter, Milwaukee, WI
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award: Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center, Aurora, CO
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award: Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, Southfield, MI
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year: Mississippi State University VBOC, Starkville, MS

Small Business Investment Company of the Year:

  • Emerging Manager: Mizzen Capital, LP, Stamford, CT
  • Established Manager: Argosy Private Equity, Wayne, PA

Surety Bond Agent of the Year:

  • KOG International, Inc., Enola, PA

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