Los Angeles – More than 600 small business owners and supporters joined the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to celebrate the power of small businesses at the 2014 Small Business Awards & Conference at The Westin Bonaventure. Attendants had the opportunity to learn about accessing capital, changing technology, marketing tactics, export financing and leadership development during the conference along with being addressed by Cindy Bates from the Microsoft Corporation and Kevin Harrington, inventor of the informercial and the original “Shark Tank” shark.
“Small businesses provide the foundation for a strong economy and it is the small business owners and champions who are creating jobs and economic prosperity for our region,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO, Gary Toebben. “Today, we have the opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, resourcefulness and resilience of these leaders.”
During the award luncheon 10 small business owners and advocates were celebrated for their accomplishments. Glen Smith of Lobostar Incorporated was named the Small Business Person of the Year while Jae Whan Yoo from the Wilshire Bank won the Financial Services Champion of the Year award. Ray Bowman accepted the Small Business Development Center – Service Excellence and Innovation Award on behalf of the Economic Development Collaborative- Ventura County SBDC.
Lynnette Keffer of J&K Fresh, LLC was named the Women in Business Champion of the Year while Ronda Jackson of Décor Interior Design, LLC received the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. Teri Kelsall of The Jonas Project was honored as the Veteran Small Business Champion of t the Year.