SBA hosts 2015 small business week award event

SBA hosts 2015 small business week award event

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Small Business Administration

Janita R. Stewart, District Director of the Mississippi U.S. Small Business Administration; mayors; state/local officials; and community leaders joined an audience of 200 to congratulate Mississippi's best. During the event, SBA recognized its Small Business Persons of the Year, Willie A. O'Neal, Jr. and Derek Starling, Sr., Owners of SOL Engineering Services, LLC in Jackson, MS along with six other Small Business Champion award winners and eight outstanding Lenders from around the state. The event brought together a network of small business owners, lending agencies, resource partners and others to highlight the outstanding achievements of the award winners while underscoring the economic impact of entrepreneurship in Mississippi. The awards program took place Tuesday at the Old Capitol Inn on North State Street in Jackson. Here is the list of this years winners.

2015 SBA Mississippi Small Business Award Winners:

Small Business Persons of the Year

Willie A. O'Neal, Jr. and Derek Starling, Sr.

SOL Engineering Services, LLC

Jackson, MS

Mississippi & Region IV 8(a) Graduate of the Year

Rod L. Hill, P.E.

Integrated Management Services (IMS)

Jackson, MS

Veterans Small Business Champion

Geraldine Warden

U.S. Navy Base

Fleet and Family Support Center

Gulfport, MS

Minority Small Business Champion

Shellie C. Michael

Executive Director

MS Minority Business Alliance, Inc. Jackson, MS

Financial Services Champion

Chuck Herring

South Delta

Planning & Development District

Greenville, MS

Small Business Journalist

Alice Tisdale

The Jackson Advocate

Jackson, MS

Phoenix Award-Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery

Mayor William A. Hill

City of Louisville

Louisville, MS

Lender Awards:

Community Bank of Mississippi Top Loan Volume & Top Dollar Lender

Live Oak Bank 1st Runner-Up Dollar Lender

Peoples Bank Honorable Mention Dollar Lender

Trustmark National Bank 3rd Runner-Up Loan Volume Lender

BancorpSouth 3rd Runner–Up Dollar & Honorable Mention Volume Lender

Three Rivers Local Development Company, Inc. Top Loan Volume & Top Dollar Certified Development Company

Biz Capital BIDCO, II Top Loan Volume Third-Party Lender


Top Dollar Third-Party Lender