May 14, 2018. Small business owners across the nation have earned recognition both locally and nationally from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for their outstanding success, leadership, and community impact. Eight StreetWise ‘MBA’ alumni and instructors are among those awarded top honors as a part of the SBA’s National Small Business Week.

National Small Business Week, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, takes place starting on April 29th with an awards ceremony in Washington DC and continues until May 5th. The awards ceremony features a variety of national award winners, chosen from the 54 states and territories.

Below is a list of StreetWise ‘MBA’ alumni and Interise instructors who are recognized this year by the SBA.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Margot Langstaff, Small Business Person of the Year

Florida Karen Vieira, Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year

Brian Butler, Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year

Orlando Espinosa, Small Business Advocate of the Year

David Sasson, Small Business Person of the Year

Keith Porta, Small Business Person of the Year

Clint Kruger, Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

New Mexico
Chris Weil, Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

Bill Campbell, Small Business Person of the Year

Mary Marshall, Small Business Champion of the Year



“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Small Business Administration. It’s great for our team to be recognized through this accomplishment and it encourages me to continue our focus on creating job opportunities while remaining committed to our community. This award is also an example of the impact that a small business can have on our community and the growth of the economy” –  Brian Butler, President & CEO of Vistra

To celebrate Small Business Week, there will be events around the country hosted by the Small Business Administration. Each state will present more specific awards as well, which StreetWise ‘MBA’ alumni are also in the running for!

 Interise’s proven model for accelerating economic development through small business growth in lower-income communities has had an impressive impact across the country, as illustrated in the 2017 Impact Report. Celebrate thriving small businesses #AllYearLong!

See coverage of the events for National Small Business Week HERE!