SBA Names Wycoco Local Small Business Person of the Year

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SBA Names Wycoco Local Small Business Person of the Year

Christopher De La Cruz Wycoco
Christopher De La Cruz Wycoco

Christopher De La Cruz Wycoco of WYCOTAX LLC is SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District’s Small Business Person of the Year. District Director Angela Burton made the announcement last week, along with the awardees for nine other small business categories.

Wycoco, born and raised in the Philippines, came to the United States in 2010 to work in the healthcare industry. Within five years, Wycoco’s journey led him from nursing to entrepreneurship, where he opened WYCOTAX LLC. The payroll, bookkeeping and tax service company serves all types of small businesses.

The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week May 1-7 – recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion and increases in jobs and sales. Innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity, and contributions to community-oriented projects are also key factors.

“National Small Business Week is truly an excellent time to celebrate the importance of small businesses and to recognize entrepreneurs who are problem solvers, job creators and contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Lower Rio Grande Valley District,” said Burton. “We encourage small businesses to celebrate with us as two events in honor of all awardees will be hosted on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend area.”

Lower Rio Grande Valley District Small Business Week awardees include:

Small Business Person of the Year – WYCOTAX LLC, Christopher De La Cruz Wycoco or Harlingen, nominated by Erik Mendez

Small Business Exporter of the Year – Sifsa Plastics Inc., Luis Vazquez of Brownsville, self-nomination

District Director Award – Principesa Hair Studio, Marisela Salinas of Rio Grande City, self-nomination

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year – Vera’s King-O-Meats Inc., Nadia V. Moralez and Roman Vera Jr. of Edinburg, nominated by Edinburg Economic Development Department 

Home Based Business of the Year – Jackson Pest Control, Angelina Jackson of Edinburg, nominated by Edinburg Economic Development Department 

Minority Owned Small Business of the Year – Avenue Planners Corp, Cassandra K. Contreras of McAllen, nominated by Jose Luis Contreras, North Park Lexus San Antonio/RGV

Rural Owned Small Business of the Year – Castaneda Quick Care PLLC, Ernest and Linda Castaneda of Kingsville, nominated by Celia Garza, Del Mar College SBDC

Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year – Seasons Primary Home Care, Marina Garcia of Brownsville, nominated by Dalilah Garcia, FemCity-Brownsville

 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year – Made in Corpus Christi LLC, Nicole L. Riojas of Corpus Christi, nominated by Theresa Moffitt, Del Mar College SBDC

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Paradigm Wellness, Devin M Moreno of Corpus Christi, self-nomination

In-Person Recognitions Return

On May 3, the Rio Grande Valley Partnership invites small businesses and winners to a recognition ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Viejo Resort, Casa Grande, at 401 Bolivar Ave #1, Rancho Viejo.

“This is the first year in two years the SBA has been able to return to in-person as well as virtual events for national and district Small Business Week celebrations and certainly, after enduring the last two years of the pandemic, our small businesses deserve this celebration of their endurance and their contributions to our economy,” said Region 6 South Central Regional Administrator Ted James.

For more information and registration, contact Monica Sanchez at 956-968-3141 or monica@rgvpartnership.com.

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