By: Maria Zilberman
It seems like the Old Line State could take a small business lesson from our neighbor to the north.
Maryland did not receive any awards in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s regional awards for the Mid-Atlantic.
Pennsylvania raked in five awards, Delaware took three and West Virginia had one, leaving the other members of Region 3 – Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. – empty-handed.
“It’s almost like rolling the dice, in a lot of respects,” said Robert Goza, spokesman for the SBA’s Mid-Atlantic region. “The packages are often so strong that it comes down to a point or two in one direction or another.”
The regional winners are selected from the district winners, he said. Of the five states and D.C., Pennsylvania is the only member that has two districts – one representing Philadelphia and one representing Pittsburgh. That double representation may have something to do with Pennsylvania’s number of awards, he said.
But this reporter is curious: Have our readers started or worked with small businesses in our neighbor states, or the District? Have you found the experience to be different? Leave a comment or e-mail me about it.
This year’s regional winners are:
2012 REGION 3 ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS AWARD
Martin W. Miller, President, Miller Metal Fabrication Inc., Bridgeville, Del.
2012 REGION 3 SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Richard I. Somieri, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Integrated Technology Solutions International LLC, Johnstown, Pa.
2012 REGION 3 YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Robert “R.J.” Williams, Owner, Reclaim Company LLC, Fairmont, W.Va.
2012 REGION 3 JEFFREY RUTLAND FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Patrick Kahle, President; Christina Kahle-Rhoades, Secretary/Treasurer; Stephen Kahle, Vice President Zacherl Motor Trucking Sales Inc., Clarion, Pa.
2012 REGION 3 FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
M. Jane Schwartz, President, Small Business Funding Group Inc., Langhorne, Pa.
2012 REGION 3 HOME-BASED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Rita J. Lacey, Close The Loop LLC, Kunkletown, Pa.
2012 REGION 3 MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Lillie L. Crawford, Director, Delaware Center For Enterprise Development, Dover, Del.
2012 REGION 3 VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Louis J. “Nick” Collazzo, Founder and Owner, Resource Specialists, Townsend , Del.
2012 REGION 3 WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Rebecca U. Harris, Director, Center For Women’s Entrepreneurship, Pittsburgh