RGV’s Small Business Awards Ceremony & Luncheon

The RGV’s Small Business Awards Ceremony and Luncheon was a grand celebration of some of the best businesses in the area May 7.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses. Businesses gain acknowledgement for their contributions to their local communities and to the nation’s economy.

This year’s winners are:

8(a) Graduate of the Year – NVS Corporate Services, Inc., Nicolas Valentin Soto Jr., Brownsville

Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery – Southern Style Auto Body Solutions, Rene Moreno and Rachel Hinojosa, Mercedes

Rural Owned Small Business of the Year – Cappadona Ranch, Victoria Barrera Cappadona and Jaclyn Cappadona Jackson, Linn

Home Based Business of the Year – Janktafied Goodness LLC, Lamar Jones, Weslaco

Family Owned Business of the Year – Blanquita’s Mexican Restaurant, Martin Morin, San Benito

Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year – Weslaco’s Daily Grind LLC, Adam Shidler, Weslaco

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Parga Products, Saul Parga, Brownsville

Women Owned Small Business of the Year – Habibi Gourmet LLC, dba DipIt, Maria De Pilar Gonzalez, Mission

District 2019 504 Lender of the Year – Capital Certified Development Corp.

2019 7(a) Lender of the Year – BBVA

District Rising Star Award – Peoplefund

The RGV’s Small Business Awards Ceremony was hosted by the RGV Partnership in  collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

My thirty years in the media world has primarily focused on marketing, advertising and writing. This industry is my passion. I have been blessed to serve customers with marketing consulting, advertising concepts, video production and promotion of all forms - broadcast, print and digital. My occupation is a fun job but not work. The opportunity to put clients and customers together awakens me early. Learning clients and their businesses enables me to create effective multimedia advertising campaigns. My media life led me to deep South Texas in 2004 to co-found The Business Times of the Rio Grande Valley and then the Valley Business Report in 2009. This south Louisiana native is proud to call the Rio Grande Valley my home.