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SBA Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District Office announced its 2020 Small Business Week Award Winners last week.

Small Business Persons of the Year: Michael Bittinger, president and Ethan Tunnell, vice president, Kahoots, Inc. of Ramona.

8(a) Graduate of the Year: Rikki Ghai, CEO/CFO and Raj Ghai, president, MCP Computer Products, Inc. of San Marcos.

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Jose Yepez, Jr., president, Desert Building & Design, Inc. of Calexico.

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Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Hernan Luis y Prado, CEO, VetPowered, LLC of San Diego.

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Christa Schott, president and owner, Alliant Consulting, Inc. of San Diego.

SBA District Director’s Award – Micro Business of the Year: Diana Osoria, founder/CEO, DC Health and Baby Products, LLC – DBA Lacticups of San Diego.

SBA District Director’s Award Innovative Product Award: Orianna Bretschger, CEO, Aquacycl of San Diego.

SBA District Director’s Award for Business Growth in the Technology Industry: Arthur Salindong, president, Trabus Technologies of San Diego.

SBA District Director’s Award for Excellence in SBIR Program Utilization: Miriam Rauch, CEO, Nu-Trek, Inc. of San Diego.

District Director’s Award for SBA Mission Support: Sally Broff, women’s programs and fundraising chair, SCORE San Diego.

Jill Andrews Advocacy Award for Outstanding Assistance to Small and Diverse Businesses in Contracting Arenas: Elaine Richardson, director of Diversity and Equity, SANDAG.

Financial Services Champion of the Year: Robert Lopez, chief credit and operating officer, Accion of San Diego.

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: Annie Aguilar, president, San Dieguito Engineering, Inc. of Solana Beach.

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: DeAnna Andrews, California District Small Business coordinator, Sundt Construction, Inc. of San Diego.

Women in Business Champion of the Year: Rebecca Llewellyn, president, Payco Specialties, Inc. of Chula Vista.

“As we work together to recover, adapt and innovate, in the midst of COVID-19, Small Business Week is an excellent opportunity to honor small businesses that have helped make our nation great,” said SBA San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia.

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The Spirit of Liberty Foundation and the San Diego Air & Space Museum are honoring healthcare professionals and first responders with a flying relay. They kicked off “America’s Operation Thank You, the Relay in the Sky” last Wednesday with a special ceremony.

According to organizers, the tribute was created to serve as a powerful statement of support for the heroes who continue to fight on the front lines during COVID-19. Supported by the American Hospital Association, the California Aeronautical University, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Business Aviation Association, Commemorative Air Force, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Air Transportation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association and major fixed base operators including Signature Flight, Atlantic Aviation and Million Air, the aircraft relay will fly to 98 cities across all 50 states and end in Washington D.C.

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