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Indiana celebrates national small business week

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INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – The U.S. Small Business Administration Indiana District is recognizing this year’s National Small Business Week winners. The event, which was held virtually this year, honors outstanding entrepreneurs and spotlights the nation’s small businesses.

Local winners include: 

  • Indiana Small Business Person of the Year: Sherri Davis, Paragon Force in Bloomfield
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Michele Meyer, CSCI in Indianapolis
  • Women’s Business Center of the Year: Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, Indianapolis
  • Small Business Development Center of the Year: Central Indiana SBDC, Butler University

“Small businesses in Indiana are the backbone of our state’s economy and employee almost half of its workforce,” said SBA Indiana District Director Stacey Poynter. “They also bring in much-needed revenue through federal contracting, as demonstrated by our Indiana Small Business Person and 8(a) Graduate award winners. Just last year, Indiana small businesses were awarded over $876 million in federal contracts. This has allowed companies like Paragon Force and CSCI Consulting to thrive; creating new jobs, building stronger communities and improving the quality of life of all who live in Indiana.”

According to Naval Station Warfare Center Crane Commanding Officer Capt. Duncan McKay, small businesses play a huge role in achieving the military’s strategic goals.

“Partnerships with small business help us in our mission to support our nation’s warfighters,” said CAPT Duncan McKay, NSWC Crane Commanding Officer. “Being a woman-owned small business, makes it that much more exciting to see Paragon Force receive this tremendous honor, right here in our backyard. This well-deserved recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration is a testament to the strength of the NSWC Crane Innovation Ecosystem and our outstanding partners.”

Governor Eric Holcomb has declared Sept. 20 to 26 Small Business Week in Indiana.