2015 Salute to Small Business Issue

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year and other small business awards.  Winners will be honored during the Rhode Island Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 13th at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston.

SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Christopher Ciunci, Owner
Tribal Vision, Providence

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR
RHODE ISLAND AND NEW ENGLAND
Jason and Lynsey Colgan, Owners
A Child’s University, Cranston

MINORITY-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS
RHODE ISLAND AND NEW ENGLAND
Oscar Mejias, CEO
Hernan Padilla, Executive Director
HiTEP, Providence

ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS
Justin Hoffler, Owner
Muff’s Motorsports, LLC, Ashaway

WOMAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS
Deborah Schimberg, CEO
Verve, Inc. Providence

HOME-BASED SMALL BUSINESS
Patricia Raskin, Owner
Raskin Resources Productions, Inc. East Greenwich

FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION
Sandra Cano, VP of Business and Community Development
Navigant Credit Union, Central Falls

JOSEPH G.E. KNIGHT AWARD FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL EXCELLENCE
Rick Becker, Owner
Garland Pen, Coventry

RHODE ISLAND DISTRICT DIRECTOR AWARD
The Center for Women & Enterprise
Women’s Business Center, Rhode Island

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