U.S. Small Business Administration Names Arlington Veteran Champion As The 2018 DFW District Veteran Business Champion of the Year!

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2018 DFW District Veteran Business Champion of the Year

Myron Pullum, Business Advisor at the UTA Veterans Business Outreach Center

SBA winners to be formally recognized in Arlington on May 4th during National Small Business Week, April 29th – May 5th

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - - (April 26, 2018) - - Herbert Austin, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Dallas/Fort Worth District Office, announced today this year’s 2018 DFW District Veteran Business Champion of the Year Award will go to Myron Pullum, Business Advisor at the University of Texas at Arlington Veterans Business Outreach Center.

Myron serves a three state region as a business advisor for the UTA VBOC. He also has a primary role to deliver Boots to Business curriculum on military installations as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. Myron’s impact on veterans helped the VBOC assist 843 clients since October of 2016.

The SBA will honor a total of 12 outstanding small business owners and champions of business at The Spirit of America: 2018 Salute to North Texas Small Business luncheon on Friday, May 4th hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the luncheon contact Henry Lewczyk at 817-543-4284 or [email protected].

These honorees competed among others from across the 72 Texas counties that the DFW District Office covers. Two of the DFW winners won regional awards after competing with other businesses from four other states. Each winner will receive an award from Director Austin at the May 4th luncheon. “This is an exciting time of the year where we honor our local entrepreneurs and advocates for their great work in business and in the community” said Herbert Austin.

“Nominations for all of the awards were accepted last fall and winners were selected by a panel of judges” said Ahmad Goree, SBA’s Lead Economic Development Specialist & Public Information Officer. “Each winner will be individually featured on the @SBADFW twitter account where you can also get additional information on National Small Business Week” said Goree.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week will be held April 29th to May 5th. Events will take place all across the country and feature forums discussing the small business landscape, business coaching services, matchmaking events as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies. The 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year will be announced during that week.

The following are a complete list of winners from D/FW district:

Small Business Develop Center (SBDC) of the Year
Grayson SBDC
Karen Stidham, Director
Grayson, Texas

SCORE Chapter of the Year
Dallas SCORE Chapter
Larry Nelson, President
Dallas, Texas

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Laura Hurtado, Outreach Coordinator
City of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Women Small Business Champion of the Year
DeNita Lavis Lacking-Quinn, President/CEO
Achieve PR, LLC.
Dallas, Texas

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Myron Pullum, Business Advisor
University of Texas at Arlington Veterans Business Outreach Center
Arlington, Texas

Financial Services Champion of the Year
D. Gregory Dunn, Director of Sales
Greater Texas Capital Corp.
Coppell, Texas

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Josh Ray, Owner
Bad Boy Josh LLC.
Wichita Falls, Texas

Family Owned Business of the Year
Mary E. Britton, Owner/Pres/CEO
Britton Meter Supply Inc.
Red Oak, Texas 75154

Dallas/Fort Worth Office District Director’s Award
David F. Shutler, President & CEO
Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2)
Dallas, Texas

Exporter of the Year
Tim Montz, President Also Regional Winner
Montz Pecan Company
Wichita Falls, Texas

8(a) Graduate of the Year
Gregory Cody, President Also Regional Winner
GCC Enterprises, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

Small Business Person of the Year
Kaycee R. Ryan , Managing Member
SERVPRO of Wichita Falls
Wichita Falls, Texas