The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration named Asian Business Association of San Diego President and CEO Jason Paguio as Minority Small Business Champion of the Year.
The award came during 2023 Small Business Week.
Paguio was nominated for the award by Daniel Fitzgerald, Regional Director of the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network.
The SBA annually recognizes the hard work and contributions of America’s small businesses during National Small Business Week. The San Diego & Imperial Valley SBDC Network held a Small Business Awards event May 9 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront to honor the local small business owners and advocates, including Paguio.
A media release from the Asian Business Association of San Diego (ABASD) said Paguio is being recognized for his leadership in advocating for Asian American and Pacific Islander small business owners in San Diego County. Under his leadership, the ABASD launched several programs and initiatives that help AAPI small business owners start, grow and thrive.
He has also been a tireless advocate for policies that promote economic equity in the small business community throughout the State of California as Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointee to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. He is also California Office of the Small Business Advocate Director Tara Lynn Gray’s appointee to the Entrepreneurship and Economic Mobility Task Force. And closer to home, he is Mayor Todd Gloria’s appointee to the City of San Diego Small Business Advisory Board.
“We are thrilled to honor Jason Paguio for his outstanding contributions to our local small business community,” said SBA District Director Ruben Garcia. “His dedication and leadership have helped countless AAPI entrepreneurs overcome obstacles and achieve success through culturally responsive technical assistance in our region’s most diverse communities.”
Paguio said he was grateful for the recognition by the SBA.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Paguio said. “It is a testament to the hard work of the Asian Business Association of San Diego team, our board of directors, and our collective commitment to empowering and uplifting our AAPI small businesses as part of the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network.”
Founded in 1990, ABASD represents the interests of more than 30,000 Asian Pacific Islander-owned businesses throughout San Diego County. ABASD believes in building sustainable communities through inclusive economic development and a qualified diverse workforce. For more information, visit www.abasd.org
For more information on National Small Business Week and the San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center Network’s Small Business Awards Event, visit the SBA website at sba.gov