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AWARDS CEREMONY TO MARK SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

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July 13, 2003 – As part of the territory's observance of National Small Business Week, three public business support agencies will make presentations at a St. Croix awards ceremony set for Thursday evening at Gertrude's Restaurant.
The ceremony will be held in conjunction with a networking reception that will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and door prizes.
The local office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will honor Dynel Soto and Steve Wilson of Quality Medical Equipment and Supply Inc. as Small Business Persons of the Year; and FirstBank of the Virgin Islands at Bank of the Year.
The University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center will honor Lenny Richardson of Luncheria and Cedric Armstrong of Armstrong's Homemade Ice Cream as Small Business Persons of the Year; Linda Baxter as Small Business Advocate of the Year; and the V.I. Small Business Development Agency, which falls under the Economic Development Authority, as Financial Advocate of the Year.
The Economic Development Authority will recognize Alberta Benjamin of Chickie's Shoe Store as Entrepreneur of the Year; and Albert Joachim as Fisherman of the Year.
This year the U.S. Small Business Administration is marking its 50th year. UVI's Small Business Development Center is a partnership program with the SBA.
The reception and awards ceremony are scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by July 15 by calling the SBDC at 692-5270.

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