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Dr. Kerry Giedd of Eola Eyes Receives 2012 SBA Small Business Week Award

May 15, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Orlando, FL May 15, 2012 - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) annually celebrates the spirit of business leaders and champions for their dedication, achievements and contributions to the economic prosperity of our nation. The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (Florida SBDC Network) is pleased to recognize nine of the 2012 SBA Small Business Week award recipients announced by the North and South Florida SBA District Offices who won at the Regional, State and District levels.

Small Business Person of the Year
State and North Florida District Winner
Ann Sabbag, Health Designs, Inc., Ponte Vedra Beach
Client nominated by the FSBDC/PTAC at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville

South Florida District Winner
Sara E. Moola & Robert M. Vaughn, Visual Awareness Technologies & Consulting, Inc., Tampa
Client of the FSBDC/PTAC at the University of South Florida, Tampa

Women in Business Champion of the Year
State and North Florida District Winner
Dr. Kerry Giedd, Eola Eyes, Orlando
Client nominated by the FSBDC at the University of Central Florida, Orlando

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Regional, State and North Florida District Winner
Charles Armstrong, Florida Financial Group, Jacksonville
Client of the FSBDC at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville

South Florida District Winner
Giovanni Suarez, National Information Assurance Corp., Largo
Client nominated by the FSBDC/PTAC at the University of South Florida, Tampa

Small Business Exporter of the Year
Regional, State and North Florida District Winner
Ronald Rose, Nova Pressroom Products, LLC, Jacksonville
Client nominated by the FSBDC at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville

Entrepreneurial Success Award
Regional, State and North Florida District Winner
Neal Kimball, The Kimball Companies, LLC, Orlando
Client nominated by the FSBDC at the University of Central Florida, Orlando

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Regional, State and South Florida District Winner
Julius D. Davis & Jorge L. Rivera, VoltAir Consulting Engineers, Tampa
Client nominated by the FSBDC/PTAC at the University of South Florida, Tampa

Financial Services Champion of the Year Award
State and North Florida District Winner
Joanne Jolin, Atlantic Coast Bank, Orlando
Nominated by the FSBDC at the University of Central Florida, Orlando


“We are extremely proud to recognize these outstanding business leaders and champions,” said Jerry Cartwright, State Director of the Florida SBDC Network. “The Florida SBDC Network salutes the crucial role small business plays in strengthening and supporting economic growth and job creation. We are pleased that the comprehensive technical assistance provided to Florida’s small business community by our SBDC professionals is being acknowledged in such a public and tangible way.”

The Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network of 39 centers, is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, hosted by the University of West Florida and accredited through the national Association of SBDCs.

For more information on Small Business Week, please visit www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.gov. For more information about local winners or programs available through the Small Business Administration please call (904) 443-1900. 

Eola Eyes is a premier eye care practice and optical boutique in the Downtown Orlando area. Optometrists Kerry Giedd, Brighid Williams, and Nicole Beedle provide personal, professional eye health and vision care services, including comprehensive eye examinations, LASIK consultations and contact lens fitting services. If you’d like more information about Eola Eyes, or to schedule an interview with any of the doctors, please call (407) 447-7739 or email eyedoc@eolaeyes.com.
Contact: Dr. Brighid Williams or Dr. Kerry Giedd
Company: Eola Eyes
Office: 407-447-7739
Fax: 407-896-6547
E-mail: eyedoc@eolaeyes.com
Website: www.eolaeyes.com

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