Lone Star College System News
Published on: September 24, 2014
The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center Advisory Council has named 18 finalists for its 28th Annual Small Business of the Year awards.
BBVA Compass, a leading U.S. banking franchise who has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders, is the title sponsor of this event for the second year in a row.
Members of the LSCS SBDC Advisory Council select and recognize successful small businesses that make an impact in the local community and on the economy each year.
Nominees were gathered from the community, business leaders and civic organizations. Three finalists were selected from each of the six Lone Star College service areas, on the basis of leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and contribution to the community.
All 18 finalists will be recognized at a luncheon Oct. 23. The winners will be announced at the 2014 28th Annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet Nov. 20. Both events will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.
It really is a pleasure to recognize these owners for their contribution to the local economy, said Sal Mira, director of the LSC SBDC. Small businesses are truly the backbone of the American economy. Small firms consistently account for a majority of all new jobs created so you can see how important they are.
BBVA Compass is a strong supporter of small businesses and the role they play in communities across the country, said Amos McDonald, North Houston district retail executive for BBVA Compass. These entrepreneurs are making positive waves in our communities and we look forward to recognizing their efforts later this year.
The 2014 28th Annual Small Business of the Year finalists are:
From LSC-CyFair Langham Creek Ace Hardware, Chuck and Arlene OMalley; Night Light Pediatric Urgent Care, Dr. Anastasia Gentles, Zawadi Bryant and Consuelo Cazares; AAA Plumbers, Cesar Lima and Steve Park.