April M. Lukasik, President and CEO of Bright & Early Children’s Learning Centers of North Branford, CT, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year, which is the SBA’s top award.
“We are extremely excited to honor a truly amazing line up of small business owners and champions this year,” said Anne Hunt, SBA’s Connecticut District Director. “It is important to recognize these outstanding small businesses in the state as they are the job creators, innovators, and the fabric of our local communities!”
She added, “We hope the small business community will join the SBA and our host, SCORE for an inspiring awards luncheon on May 3 in New Haven, CT.”
2018 CONNECTICUT SBA HONOREES
|Categories||Owner||Company & Town|
|Region 1 & Connecticut Manufacturer of the Year||Brian Weinstein||CHAPCO
|Region 1 & Connecticut Family-Owned Small Business||Charles Buck, Jr.||Buck’s Spumoni Company, Inc.
|Exporter of the Year||Dennis Nash||Control Station Inc.
|Woman-Owned Small Business||Erin Emmons||Lucky Taco Cantina and Tap Room
|Minority-Owned Small Business||Marilyn Ortiz||Borinquen Bakery
New Britain, CT
|Veteran Owned Business of the Year||Nicholas W. Wright||Unlimited Fun LLC
|Home-Based Business of the Year||Linda Longboardi||Regift the Wrap, LLC
|Young Entrepreneur of the Year||Alyssa DeMatteo||Wildflour Confections
|Connecticut Microenterprise Award||Stefanie Toise||At Once LLC
|Financial Services Champion SBA Connecticut District office||Aaron M. Bohigan||Webster Bank
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, the dates are April 30 through May 4, 2018, with national events planned in Washington, D.C., and other states in the nation.