SBA honors Guam’s entrepreneurs and champions during National Small Business Week

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For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National
Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This week, several of Guam’s top entrepreneurs and champions are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration are the 2020 Guam Award Winners and Champions. This year marks the 30 th year in which Guam’s entrepreneurs and champions are being recognized for their accomplishments. It has also been a year unlike the last half-century that has come before.

“We are facing unique and challenging times. Small businesses drive Guam’s economy, creating jobs and opportunities for the island in every sector across the island region,” said SBA Guam Branch Manager Kenneth Lujan. “The SBA is very proud of recognizing the accomplishments of over 130 entrepreneurs and champions who have won the awards for the past 28 years. Small businesses play a vital role in enabling Guam’s entrepreneurs to succeed. We are excited to be able to recognize a few of these great success stories for our 30th Anniversary.”

The 2020 Guam Award Winners and Champions are as follows:

Susan Biolchino, Christopher Biolchino and Jesse Rosario, President/VP-Operations/VP-Sales & Marketing, Graphic Center, Inc. Guam, Small Business Person of the Year;

Dr. Mary A.Y. Okada, President, Guam Community College, Women In Business Champion of the Year award;

Sophia Chu, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Guam, Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award;

Joaquin P.L.G. Cook, President/CEO, Bank of Guam, Financial Services Champion of the Year award; and

Tonnie Guzman, Owner/Chef, Z’s Green Canteen, Home-Based Business Champion of the Year.

Guam’s Small Business Award Winners were nominated by local lending institutions and business organizations.

The virtual National Small Business Week event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22-24. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy.

For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit
sba.gov/NSBW.

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