SBA Seattle District Honors Small Businesses and Supportive Community at Annual Awards Ceremony

Richard Brinton speaks at a podium, SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd and SBDC's Steve Burke in the background

Richard Brinton of BBD International accepts the award for Exporter of the Year


Jessica Atkinson of Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop in Spokane was awarded 2022 Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was honored in an additional ceremony by SBA Branch Manager Joel Nania and Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward on Friday, May 6. 


Joel Nania and Mayor Nadine Woodward present the award to Jessica Atkinson

Joel Nania, Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward and Jessica Atkinson (from left to right)


The top award for 2022 Washington Small Business Person of the Year was given to Efrem Fesaha of Boon Boona Coffee in Renton, WA. The award was co-presented by District Director Kerrie Hurd and SBA Pacific Northwest Regional Administrator Mike Fong, as Efrem was also honored as Pacific Northwest Region Small Business Person of the year, a recognition that made him one of 10 top finalists nationwide for National Small Business Person of the Year. 

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and Regional Administrator Mike Fong visited Boon Boona Coffee the day after the event, to honor Efrem and Boon Boona Coffee for their achievements as a business as well as for the positive impact they have had in their community.


Efrem Fesaha accepts his award. His mother is on his right, his wife on his left

Efrem Fesaha (center) joined by his mother (left) and his wife (right)

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, Efrem Fesaha, SBA PNW Regional Administrator Mike Fong (left to right)

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrel (left) and SBA PNW Regional Adminstrator Mike Fong (right) visit Efrem Fesaha (center) at Boon Boona Coffee

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