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Press Release for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 Small Business Week Awards Presented at UNF

Media Contact: Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


The 22nd annual Small Business Week Celebration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43. This year’s event features best-selling author Joe Abraham. 



Abraham is an entrepreneur with multiple successful companies under his belt and author of the book “Entrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery That Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths,” a critically acclaimed book based on his multi-year research into entrepreneurial behavior. He is co-founder of BOSI Global, an operating partner to venture-backed, privately-held companies around the world. Abraham has been featured on FoxNews, CBS, NBC, CNN, ABC and various nationally syndicated radio shows to speak about entrepreneurship and small business growth.


Following the keynote presentation, the United States Small Business Administration will present the annual Small Business Week awards, which spotlight 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 2013, including:


  • Florida Small Business Person of the Year: Dr. Amir Varshovi, Green Technologies 

  • Florida Small Business Exporter Person of the Year: Carlton Smith, Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida 

  • Florida Women’s Business Center Excellence: Jacksonville Women’s Business Center  

  • North Florida Small Business Media Advocate of the Year: Patrick Faherty, Citrus County Chronicle   



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


This event is presented by the Small Business Development Center at UNF, with support from the Jacksonville SunTrust Bank, TD Bank and Advantage B2B Consulting and Marketing.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.