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Press Release for Thursday, April 9, 2009

2009 Small Business Week Awards Presented at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The 17th Annual Small Business Week Celebration will be held at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus Thursday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature noted author and entrepreneur Tom Szaky.

Szaky, author of “Revolution in a Bottle,” is co-founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Inc., producer of the world’s first products made from and packaged in waste. At the age of 26, he has been featured in virtually every major media outlet from “60 Minutes” to the Wall Street Journal. His company was also dubbed the “Coolest Startup in America” by Inc. magazine.

Following the keynote presentation, the U.S. Small Business Administration will present its coveted Small Business Week awards, spotlighting the outstanding contributions of North Florida business leaders and champions at the district level. The U.S. SBA will also recognize North Florida’s top SBA Lenders with awards for significant participation in the 7(a) and 504 Loan programs for fiscal year 2008.

Following are the 2009 Small Business Week winners: Small Business Person of the Year—Mary Tappouni, president, Breaking Ground Contracting Company; SBA Entrepreneurial Success Award—Andrew Elisha Harold, president, Harold and Associates (AHA), LLC; Small Business Exporter of the Year—Manish Kothari, CEO, Prism Lighting Services, LLC; and Women in Business Champion of the Year—Kim E. Knapp, president, Dental Temps of Northeast Florida, Inc.

The registration fee for this event is $35 per person. Corporate tables of eight are available for the luncheon for $350. To register for the 17th Annual Small Business Week Celebration, call (904) 620-2476 or go to for available seating.

This event is presented by the Small Business Development Center at UNF and WorkSource, with support from the Jacksonville Business Journal and American Enterprise Bank.