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Restaurants win Small Business Administration awards

Restaurateurs were center of the plate at the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year Awards.

This year’s state winners included National Restaurant Association members Chris Basaha and Joe Baker, co-owners of Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Brad Burdsall, owner of Nevada-based Egg Works and Egg & I Family Restaurants.

Other restaurateurs honored during National Small Business Week included Enrique Contreras and Ana Paz, owners of Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant in Kuna, Idaho; David Laurence Bailey, founder and president of Baileys’ Restaurants in St. Louis, Mo.; Tammy Ann Loewy and Wynde Kate Reese, owners of Green Goddess Foods LLC/The Scape Café & Catering n Lake Placid, N.Y.; and Helen Margaret Russell and Brooke Jean McDonnell, co-founders of Equator Coffees and Teas Inc. in San Rafael, Calif. Equator Coffees and Teas also took home the SBA’s Small Business of the Year award.

“The overall competition was extremely competitive this year,” said Small Business Administration chief Maria Contreras-Sweet. “The highlight … was to be able to meet and award every state and territory winner and thank them for all they do for their local economy and America’s small business community.”

Winners were honored during the May 1 to 7 celebration of National Small Business Week. Each year the SBA recognizes the outstanding achievements of small business operators and their contributions to their local communities and to the national economy.

Contreras-Sweet said two out of three new jobs in America are created by small businesses.

Pictured top, from left: Scott Swingle of WSFS Financial Corp., Henlopen City Oyster House owners Chris Basaha and Joe Baker, and Bill Pfaff of the Small Business Development Center, at the awards ceremony. Above: Brad Burdsall, chief eggineer at the Egg Works and Egg & I

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