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Press Release for Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 Small Business Week Awards Presented at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



The 20th Annual Small Business Week Celebration will be held at the University of North Florida’s University Center from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24. This year’s event will feature author and visual-thinking expert Dan Roam. 


Roam is the author of the international bestseller “The Back of the Napkin,” the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. Fast Company, BusinessWeek and The Times of London all named “The Back of the Napkin” the No. 1 creativity and innovation book of the year. In 2011, he released “Blah, Blah, Blah; What to Do When Words Don’t Work.” Roam has used his visual methods to solve complex problems for such clients as Google, Boeing, eBay, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Navy and the United States Senate. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, NPR and at the White House.  


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 2011. 


  • Small Business Person of the Year: Ann Sabbag, Health Designs  
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year: Ron Rose, Nova Pressroom Products, LLC  
  • Veteran's Champion of the Year: Charles Armstrong, D2 Capital Management  
  • Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business: Anthony Marlow, the Golden Lion 
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year: Joanne Jolin, Atlantic Coast Bank 


The registration fee for this event is $40 per person. Corporate tables of eight are available for the luncheon for $350. To register for the 20th 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, with support from the Jacksonville Business Journaland SunTrust Bank.