McALLEN – For National Small Business Week the U.S. Small Business Administration along with the RGV Partnership celebrated the success of 11 local businesses at a luncheon and award ceremony.

The companies were from as far as Brownsville and included sanitation services to barbecue sauce.

“This is an opportunity to recognize many of our small business owners throughout the Rio Grande Valley who continue to drive our economy,” RGV Partnership Sergio Contreras said.

Texas for the 15th consecutive year is being recognized as the best place to conduct business. It is No. 1 state for women business owners as well. Contreras said that number is a great opportunity to be able recognize entrepreneurs.

Texas also has roughly 2.7 million small businesses that supports 4.7 million employees.

The recipients of the awards this week were nominated by colleagues, chamber of commerces or local economic development corporations.


National Small Business Week Awardees

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

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

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

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

Family Owned Business of the Year – Blanquita's Mexican Restaurant, Martin Moran – San Benito

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

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

Women Owned Small Business of the Year – Habibi Gourmet, dba Dip It, Maria de Pilar Gonzalez – Mission

District 2019 504 Lender of the Year – Capital Certified Development Corporation

District Rising Star Award – Peoplefund

District 2019 7a Lender of the Year – BBVA