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Bryan Starr Recognized with US Small Business Administration’s Community Excellence Chamber Award

Friday, April 05, 2019

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The U.S. Small Business Administration, Orange County/Inland Empire District office has recognized Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber, as the 2019 Small Business Week Community Excellence Chamber Award recipient for his leadership and achievements in the greater Irvine business community.

As part of National Small Business Week, the Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the contributions made by small business owners and champions to create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. This rings true in Irvine,” said Starr. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration on behalf of the Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and professional staff that work every day to provide resources that allow small businesses to thrive.”

Starr will be formally honored at the 56th Small Business Week awards luncheon, in collaboration with the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom in Anaheim on Friday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The following individuals, businesses, and organizations will also be honored as recipients in the agency’s annual Small Business Week awards program:

California Small Business Person of the Year – Jeff Perry, president, All Industrial Tool Supply, Huntington Beach

Small Business Person of the Year Runner-up – Mark Anthony Vaca, Sr., president, OCS Construction Services, Inc., Riverside

SBIR/ STTR Award – Eric Schmidt, president, and Kevin Mahaffy, CEO, Exquadrum, Inc., Adelanto

Family-Owned Business of the Year –Janine Gass, CEO, and Darcy Thomas-Maskrey, VP of Operations; Techniglove International, Inc., Riverside

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Frederick Daniel Leaf, president/CEO, Leaf Communications Consulting LLC, San Clemente

Woman Owned Small Business of the Year – Casandra Williams, CEO/CFO, A-Tech Consulting, Inc., Orange

Community Excellence City Award – Jessica Gonzales, City of Anaheim Economic Development, Anaheim

Micro Business of the Year – Cindy Dale Greaver, owner, MRS.G’s, Temecula

SCORE Mentor of the Year – Debbie Molino, SCORE-Orange County Chapter


For more information on the event, email events@ochcc.com or call (949) 891-1464.

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.

The Orange County / Inland Empire District Office is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Located in Santa Ana near John Wayne Airport, the office and its staff facilitate understanding and access to SBA loan programs; coordinate and conduct hundreds of training sessions and special events annually such as matchmaking forums and loan workshops; and manage a portfolio of more than 100 businesses enrolled in the agency’s 8(a) business development program.

Category: Chamber News, Economic Development