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SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office Announces Top Small Business Award Winners

Entrepreneurs to be formally recognized on May 2 during

SCORE/SBA Awards Luncheon


EULESS – Today, the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office announced the 2023 National Small Business Week (NSBW) winners. During NSBW, the SBA recognizes the hard work, ingenuity, and dedication of America’s small businesses, and celebrates their contributions to the economy. Seven district winners will be honored during the annual awards celebration in conjunction with SCORE.

“This is an exciting time for SBA as we celebrate the many contributions and successes of small businesses and champions in our district,” said SBA’s Dallas/Fort Worth District Director Herbert Austin. “These seven winners represent the hard work, innovation and economic power that small businesses display within our communities. We are honored to join our resource partner SCORE in recognizing these amazing entrepreneurs and champions of business”.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Small Business Awards Luncheon, sponsored by SCORE Fort Worth, will be held on May 2, 2023 starting at 11:30 AM, at the Hurst Conference Center located at 1601 Campus Dr, Hurst, TX 76054.

For more information about the event, visit


2023 Dallas/Fort Worth District Small Business Winners

Dallas/Fort Worth District Small Business Person of the Year

Jason Phillips, CEO

Phillips Home Improvements

Allen, TX


Dallas/Fort Worth District Financial Services Champion

Patricia Zelayandia, Vice President

Texas First Bank

Arlington, TX

Dallas/Fort Worth District Minority Small Business

Charles G. Jenkins, Founder

Steritec, Inc.

Athens, TX

Dallas/Fort Worth District Woman in Business Champion

Myra Dawn Cole, CEO

Kerberos International, Inc.

Temple, TX

Dallas/Fort Worth District Veteran Business Champion

Patrick Alcorn, Director


Arlington, TX

Dallas/Fort Worth District Young Entrepreneur

Ashleigh Squires

Blush & Honey Boutique

Wichita Falls, TX

Dallas/Fort Worth District Family Owned Business

hlh & r, LP

Hugh Grandstaff and Lynne Grandstaff, Owners

Waxahachie, TX 75165


About National Small Business Week

For more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

To register for National Small Business Week and for other event information, visit

The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. 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, 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. To learn more, visit

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