The Columbus District Small Business Administration has recognized the following business owners as outstanding leaders. From the SBA announcement:

Ohio Small Business Person of the Year - Michelle Theresa Kerr, President, Oxford Consulting Group, Westerville, Oh. - Founded by Kerr in 1998, Oxford Consulting Group is a leading IT service and solutions provider that has developed, implemented and supported the technology portfolios of hundreds of companies across North America and the United Kingdom.

Small Business of the Year Honorable Mention - Darla King, President, King Business Interiors, Columbus, Oh – Founded by King in 1998, King Business Interiors is a commercial office furniture, flooring sales and design company. King now employs nearly 50 people and serves hundreds of clients throughout central Ohio.

SBA Exporter of the Year – Kevin Kahn, President, K2 Industrial Controls International, Ltd., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio – Kahn is a manufacturer exporting industrial valves, instrument fittings, instrument tubing, industrial hoses, high pressure liquid pumps and high pressure air and gas boosters.

SBA Home-Based Business of the Year– Mayda Rosa Sanchez, Owner, Unlimited Media, Columbus, Ohio – Established in 2005, Sanchez offers web related services that include website design, e-commerce development, social media, graphic design, and branding.

SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Jesse Lear, Co-Founder, & CEO, V.I.P. Waste Services, LLC., Reynoldsburg, Oh - V.I.P. Waste Services provides valet-style trash and recycling programs for apartment communities. The company considers itself a luxury amenity, partnering with property management companies to provide professional trash and recycling pickup from every resident's front door multiple days per week.

Financial Services Champion of the Year Award – David T. Rivers, Certified Business Advisor, Ohio Small Business Development Centers, Columbus, Ohio - Rivers goes above and beyond to create a community and resources for small businesses and startup firms in need of capital.

SBA Veteran Small Business Champion – Mohan Viddam, Chairman and CEO, Dublin, Ohio - Halcyon is a premier IT solutions provider and has helped companies use technology to meet their business goals since 1992. Halcyon launched Veterans Workforce Development Program on Veterans Day 2011 which provides free IT training to dozens of military veterans every year.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award, Ryan Mapes, Director, Piketon, Ohio – The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Ohio State University South Centers provides entrepreneurial development assistance and business consulting to start-up and existing business owners. The Center's counseling services are offered at "no cost" to the client.

Minority Small Business of the Year – Sandra Moody Gresham, Dehan Enterprises Insurance & Financial Services, LLC., Columbus, Ohio – Dehan Enterprises is a full service insurance agency specializing in areas of property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, personal financial planning, surety and fidelity bonds and financial education training.

SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year – Mary McCarthy, President, Your Management Team, Inc., Co-Founder, Women's Small Business Accelerator, Inc. Your Management Team, Inc. is dedicated to developing and launching small businesses by assisting them in areas of strategic vision and growth. The Women's Small Business Accelerator, a 501(c) 3 non-profit incubator, is focused on accelerating the growth of women-owned small businesses by providing office space and consultative services.

Women's Business Center Excellence in Service Award – Ellen Harvey, Director, The Women's Business Center of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio - The Women's Business Center of Ohio aims to help women entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. The WBC is focused on providing counseling and training classes. The WBC also provides networking opportunities and access to resources such as professional coaches and advisors.

The Columbus District SBA event will honor our 2014 award winners at Celebrating Success in Small Business on May 29, 2014 at the Pinnacle Golf Club, Grove City, OH. Additional information about SBA's programs and services is available at SBA's Web site: