Photo: VtSBDC team. Courtesy photo.
by VBM Staff The Vermont Small Business Administration is presenting two additional awards this year.
The 2020 New England Excellence and Innovation Center Award is being given to the Vermont Small Business Development Center, led by State Director Linda Rossi.
The Vermont SBA is also presenting the Vermont Award of Distinction to Chris Carrigan, Vice President of Business Development, at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
The New England Excellence and Innovation Center Award is given to an organization that helps build small businesses, including startups, by creating and implementing innovative programs, events, publications, research materials, and online applications. This success is demonstrated through success stories, job creation/retention and revenue growth resulting from SBDC counseling and training assistance.
Photo: VtSBDC's State Director, Linda Rossi. Courtesy photo.
The SBDC honoree is acknowledged by the local/regional small business and economic development community as an advocate for advancing opportunities for entrepreneurial development. They are recognized by the local SBA district office as a champion for SBA products and services including effective amplification of the SBA mission and priorities and strong education efforts about the SBA and its programs to small businesses.
“On behalf of our dedicated VtSBDC team, we are honored to be the recipients of the prestigious New England Excellence and Innovation Center Award,” said Linda Rossi, State Director, Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC). “Our goal has always been to be well-prepared to offer guidance during good times as well as during times of crisis. Now more than ever with the impact of COVID-19, we are grateful to be able to provide a vast range of resources and advice to help our clients navigate through these difficult times.”
Since 1992, the Vermont Small Business Development Center has provided no-cost professional expertise and guidance to hundreds of business owners. They combine one-on-one confidential advising with training programs to give our clients the tools and insight they need to reach their business goals.
Meanwhile, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce serves the entire state and a broad spectrum of businesses and industries.
Photo: Chris Carrigan, VP of Business Development at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Courtesy photo.
“I’m humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Chris Carrigan. “My passion is supply chain and helping Vermont companies develop contacts, new business opportunities and contracts with large-out-of-state buyers and suppliers. Strategic partnerships with the U.S. SBA, Commercial Service and the Vermont Agency of Commerce have been instrumental in supporting the Vermont Chamber’s work to grow the state’s manufacturing sector, transform Vermont into a supply chain hub for aerospace and defense and enhance our cross-border work with Québec and Canada.”
The Award of Distinction is not given every year but is for a business community member that has excelled in helping to deliver SBA programs.
According to Vermont SBA Director Darcy Carter, Chris has not only been a strong partner in increasing the government contracting of small businesses in Vermont but has also for many years helped businesses export through programs supported by SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).
“It is a bit like a lifetime achievement award,” Carter said. “For so many years Chris has been an exemplary partner to SBA, helping promote our programs statewide and working closely with Susan Murray as well from US Commercial Service to recruit businesses for trade missions in Canada and Europe.”