LOS ANGELES, CA —LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.Small Business Administration celebrated the strength, speed and endurance of small businesses in the region with The 2013 Small Business Awards Luncheon & Training event. Along with recognizing the 12 award recipients this year's event also included a half-day conference featuring thought- provoking seminars about financial growth and security, marketing strategies and building a global presence.
“Nobody is going to figure it out for you. Nobody will tell you how to get customers and make sales.” Jason Nazar, co-founder and CEO of Docstoc.com, said in his keynote speech before the training conference began.
“Be honest with yourself — what can you do well? And then build your team around that.” Mark Manguera, founder and owner of Kogi Korean BBQ, emphasized during the award luncheon.
After informative training sessions and keynotes from the prominent leaders in the small business community the award luncheon showcased the noteworthy small businesses of the year.
Alan “Homanyoun” Razzaghi, CEO/Founder, Freshlunches, was awarded Small Business Person of the Year along with Roberto Barragan, President, Valley Economic Development Center being recognized as the Financial Services Champion of the Year.
Beverly Kuykendall, President & CEO, Federal and Commercial Contracts was honored as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year after Jaime B. Nack, President, Three Square was recognized as the Environmental “Green” Conservator of the Year.
The Pacific Asian Consortium was given the Women’s Business Center of Excellence award along Claudia Porter Viek, CEO, CAMEO Women in Business Champion of the Year
Travis Smith and Joe Notaro of Reflex Sales Group took home the Business Exporter of the Year award. And, Sandy Schneeberger, President, The Sanberg Group, Inc., represented the service as the Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year.
The 8(A) Graduate of the Year was Sanjay Kucheria, CEO, Trinus Corporations and Craig Alan Pollack, Founder/CEO of FPA Technology Services, Inc. was recognized with the Innovation Through Technology Business of the Year.
And, finally, the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College was given the Service Excellence and Innovation award along with SCORE- Ventura Chapter being named the SCORE Chapter of the Year.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit lachamber.com.