SBA Administrator Guzman Announces 2022 National Small

Washington, May 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today the US Small Business Administration announced this year’s Small Business of the Year, Jill Rae Scarbro of Bright Futures Learning Services in West Virginia, at the National Small Business Week 2022 virtual summit. This year National Small Business Week (NSBW), theme “Building a better America through entrepreneurship”, recognized small businesses across the country for their resilience, ingenuity and creativity. He also recognized SBA partners for their involvement in entrepreneurial development, disaster recovery, government contracts, financial development, and overall support for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Small businesses, like Bright Futures, have played a vital role in propelling our nation’s historically strong economic comeback while overcoming the challenges of a global pandemic, supply chain disruptions and various variant waves.

“The winners of National Small Business Week reflect the strength of our country’s entrepreneurial spirit, a spirit of community, courage and ingenuity. This week, we shine the spotlight on the impact they have on our neighborhoods, main streets, innovation hubs and manufacturing hubs. And I’m honored to recognize Jill Rae Scarbro of West Virginia as the 2022 Small Business of the Year,” mentioned Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “Jill has dedicated herself to providing life-saving therapy services to improve lives and bring joy to children with special needs. His small business reminds us how much we rely on these brave entrepreneurs to provide us with the products and services we depend on every day. In the face of adversity during the pandemic, Jill has worked with the SBA to gain critical relief, pivot her business, retain her employees, and find new ways to provide needed services to her customers. My great appreciation and congratulations to Jill and all of our 2022 NSBW winners for their true innovation, leadership and entrepreneurial achievements that have helped our economy and communities recover.

As part of National Small Business Week 2022 virtual events, Administrator Guzman recognized state and territory winners and industry leaders for excellence in entrepreneurship, exporting , federal contracts, loans and disaster recovery.

National winner:

Jill Rae ScarbroCEO, Bright Futures Learning Services, Winfield, West Virginia

Bright Futures Learning Services began in 2007, helping a child in Scarbro’s grandmother’s kitchen. Scarbro saw a need for ABA services in West Virginia and expanded his practice to help more children statewide.

In 2016, with the help of an SBA 504 loan, BFLS moved into his 7,300 square foot home in Winfield, WV. In 2021, BFLS opened a second location in Hurricane, WV, and has 36 employees who educate and advocate for children with special needs.

Scarbro has benefited from several SBA programs and services, including SCORE, SBDC Counseling, the 504 Loan, the Emerging Leaders Program, SBA District Office Training and Counseling, COVID-19 EIDL Funding, PPP, and Crisis Relief. debt.

BFLS was able to retain all employees and pay creditors throughout the pandemic with the help of the SBA.

The national finalist for Small Business of the Year is Gregory Acerra of Fireking Baking Company.

National Finalist:

Gregory Acerra, Fireking Baking Company, Braintree, MA

Greg Acerra, a restaurateur, started Fireking Baking Company in 1995 to provide freshly baked European style bread to his restaurants, clubs and catering business.

Fireking Baking Company is an innovator in the baking industry, delivering fresh and frozen baked goods through a national distribution network. Although Fireking Rustic Breads are still hand-formed and baked in deck ovens by artisan bakers, most bread is produced using a stress-free, semi-automated artisanal process.

Acerra enjoys growing its business and seeing its employees share in the company’s success. It continues to reinvest in new, state-of-the-art equipment with the cash flow flexibility gained through SBA 504 financing. As a result, Fireking Baking Company’s return on investment translates into efficiencies in production and efficiency. of its 137 full-time and 152 temporary employees.

The Fireking range has grown to include over 300 types of baked breads for catering, retail and private labeling.

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About National Small Business Week

For nearly 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the vital contributions of American entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of three new jobs in the United States each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the US Small Business Administration is taking the opportunity to recognize the impact of exceptional entrepreneurs, small business owners and others in all 50 US states and territories. Every day, they work to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

About the United States Small Business Administration

The United States Small Business Administration helps fuel the American dream of business ownership. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared crisis. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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