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National Small Business Week

April 30 - May 6, 2017

National Small Business Week

April 30 - May 6, 2017


Help us in celebrating the Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri 2017 Winners!

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From L-R Bottom. Row 1 

  • Angela Lorenz – Lala Salon (Women Owned Small Business of the Year)
  • Katie &Todd Geisert - Geisert’s Farm to You Market (Rural Business of the Year)

Row 2

  • Michelle Sherod – ALL Solutions, INC, (Home Base Business of the Year)   
  • Connie Nyland – Hey, Dollcakes, (Startup Business of the Year)

Row 3

  • John Henderson - The Range St. Louis West (Veteran Owned Business of the Year)
  • Phillip & Gina Cohen – Cohen Architectural Woodworking (Small Business of the Year)

Row 4

  • Marcus Solomon – BeWell Health, LLC, DBA Nasopure (Exporter Business of the Year
  • Maureen Brinkley – District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (Eastern District of Missouri)
  • Darcella Craven - Small BusinessWeek, Chair Person and  Director of Veteran Business Resource Center
  • Justin Wafe Bennett - Geodata IT, LLC (Minority Owned Business of the Year)

Not Shown

  • Sekhar Prabhakar - CEdge Software Consultants (Technology Business of the Year)

Photograph Courtesy of Missouri Athletic Club (Downtown –St. Louis) 

Small Business Week Awards

Small Business Person of the Year

Veteran Owned Business

John Henderson 

The Range St. Louis West

Minority Owned

Justin Wafe Bennett

Geodata IT, LLC

Women Owned

Angela Lorenz

Lalo Saloon

Technology Business

Home Based Business

Michelle Sherod 

ALL Solutions Inc.

Rural Business

Todd & Katie Geisert

Geisert's Farm To You Market


Start Up Business

Connie Nyland

Hey, Dollcakes

About Us


What is Small Business Week?

Every year since 1963, 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. 


Our History

Small Business Week is a nationwide celebration and recognition of small business owners, small business champions and government contractors, hosted and sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and celebrated at the district, state, regional and national level. It culminates every year with the national celebration in Washington, D.C. where the national award winners are recognized.

Our week of events is widely recognized at the national level as one of, if not the, top district celebration of Small Business Week in the country. We’re the only district in the nation that hosts a full week of events as well as the only district with a not for profit arm in place to assist the SBA in it’s efforts surrounding Small Business Week. In addition, we consistently see our nominees move on to win at the state, regional and national level.


Want more information?

Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri, Inc. is a not for profit organization established to assist the U.S. Small Business Administration with the planning and execution of National Small Business Week in the SBA’s St. Louis District which roughly encompasses the eastern half of Missouri. 

For more information, please contact Gary Alexander, Business Development Specialist, US Small Business Administration, (314) 539-6612 or email

Board Chair:  Darcella Craven, Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC)

Small Business Week Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • Midwest Regional Bank
  • Mike Martin Media
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly
  • St. Louis Business Journal
  • Women’s Journals

Silver Sponsors

None at this time.  Contact us to become a Silver Sponsor!

Bronze Sponsors

  • Bank of Washington
  • Commerce Bank
  • Electro Image, LLC
  • Midland States Bank
  • Purk & Associates, PC
  • St. Louis Development Corporation

Business Supporter Sponsors

  • US Bank
  • EDC Small Business Finance
  • Fortune Bank
  • Great Southern Bank
  • Justine PETERSEN
  • St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
  • The Bank of Missouri
  • Veterans Business Resource Center
  • Weiss Attorneys at Law, P.C.


No upcoming events.

Contact Us

Help Promote Small Business Week!

Want to join as a Sponsor? Board Member? Nominee or want to nominate someone?  Fill out the form to the left and a representative will be in contact within 48 hours.

Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri

1222 Spruce St, Fl 10, St. Louis, M 63103

(314) 539-6600


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed


Nominations for 2017 are closed at this time!

However, we are already on the look out for 2018 nominees. 

Click here for nomination guidelines.

SBA Sponsored Organization

The Small Business Administration is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is "to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters". The agency's activities are summarized as the "3 Cs" of capital, contracts and counseling.

Visit the SBA website to learn more about how we can help your buisiness.