The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) presented its Delaware Small Business awards last month during a reception at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana in Newark. Three of the five Kent and Sussex County recipients were on hand to receive their awards.
Donald Chupp of Fireside Partners, Inc. of Dover was presented with the Small Business Person of the Year award. Chupp spoke of the 2008 economic downturn and thanked his staff.
“There isn’t much that you can throw at them that they won’t rise up and overcome,” said Chupp.
Fireside Partners was one of the first incubators for the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. “We didn’t need money, we needed advice,” Chupp recalled.
Patricia Rivera, owner and founder of Hook PR and Marketing, received the Minority Owned Business of the Year award.
“I feel very blessed because I live in a state that cares about its small businesses,” said Rivera.
Linda Price, the branch manager at Fulton Bank in Georgetown, was presented with the Financial Services Champion Award. Price has been in banking for 27 years.
“I’m very blessed to be working for an organization that believes in small business. Our employees help small businesses grow.
Other Kent and Sussex winners who were unable to attend are: Veteran Owned Business of the Year: Cindy Collins, Euphoric Herbals of Milford and Lifetime Achievement Award- Judy Diogo, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce.