SBA: 2017 Houston Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champions Named

HOUSTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Stuart A. Lynn the 2017 Houston District Small Business Person of the Year. Stuart A. Lynn is Founder and CEO of Lynn & Associates Engineering and Windstorm located in Bay City, Texas. They are a design and consulting engineering firm that provides civil engineering, structural engineering, windstorm services, drafting, foundation plans, house plans, and elevation certification. Lynn & Associates prides itself on offering high quality, personable, and timely services.

“I am proud to recognize Stuart A. Lynn of Lynn & Associates on his selection as the Houston Small Business Person of the Year. As this year’s top entrepreneur in Houston, Mr. Lynn characterizes a strong and creative leader who helps build our communities and create jobs,” said South Central Acting Regional Administrator Dottie Overal, who leads the delivery of SBA programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

“Stuart Lynn is not only a very successful entrepreneur but he is an exemplary mentor, coach, and leader in his community.  His dedication to giving back to the community is very apparent and contributed significantly to his nomination and selection of this title. I look forward to honoring his achievement publicly during the Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 11, 2017,” said SBA District Director Timothy Jeffcoat.

This year there were 31 nominees in 9 categories and the District winners in Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year went on to the SBA Region 6 level to compete for all state.  The Champion awards are judged and selected only at the District level.  SBA Region 6 includes six districts in Texas along with Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of a National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6, 2017.  The Houston Small Business Awards Luncheon, sponsored by SCORE Houston, will be held at the Westin Memorial City on May 11, 2017.  The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with two workshops before the luncheon.  For more information about the event, visit or call SCORE at (713) 487-6565.

The complete list of the 2017 Houston District Small Business Award winners:

Small Business Person of the Year
Stuart A. Lynn
Lynn & Associates Engineering & Windstorm

Small Business Exporter of the Year
Sadik Dalal
Axistrade, Inc.

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
Justin Morisak
Houston Hermetics, Inc.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Dr. Faheem Inayatali, O.D.
Eye Center of Houston – Vision Source

Entrepreneurial Success Award
Richard Wood
Wurst Haus Restaurant and Bar

Women in Business Champion of the Year
Dr. Saleha B. Khumawala
SURE – UofH Bauer College of Business

Financial Services Champion of the Year
Rajiv B. Bhavsar
Wallis State Bank

Home-Based Business Champion of the Year
Sandra Louvier
Houston Community College – Northwest

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, Sr. Pastor
Windsor Village United Methodist Church

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