SBA Mississippi announces Small Business Award winners

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It’s been a year unlike any other for small businesses in Mississippi and across the country, but through it all, the SBA Mississippi District Office has announced the 2020 National Small Business Week winners for the state. The winners will be recognized in a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, September 24th. 

The winners can be seen below: 


  • Small Business Person of the Year

Vera D. Hall, Innovative Performance Construction Company, LLC – Jackson, MS

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year                                               

T’Keyah Williams, Mama Nature’s Juice Bar – Ridgeland, MS

  • Financial Services Champion                                              

Walter Dyminski, BankFirst Financial Services – Columbus, MS

  • Veterans Small Business Champion

Deborah P. Scott, Boots to Business Revenue Readiness Mississippi State University – Starkville, MS


Covington County Bank – Diamond Loan Volume Lender and Diamond Volume Top Rural Lender

Peoples Bank – Platinum Loan Volume and Diamond Dollar Lender

Community Bank of Mississippi – Platinum Loan Volume Lender

Trustmark National Bank – Gold Loan Volume Lender

BankPlus – Silver Loan Volume

First Financial Bank – Bronze Loan Volume & Platinum Dollar Lender Diamond Dollar Top Rural Lender

Renasant Bank – Silver Dollar Lender

Live Oak Banking – Gold Dollar Lender

Embassy National Bank – Bronze Dollar Lender


Three Rivers Local Development Company, Inc. – Diamond Loan Volume & Diamond Dollar

Ameris Bank – Diamond Dollar Third-Party Lender


U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency

Mississippi Small Business Development Center

Jackson State University

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week, which is usually held in May. Due to COVID-19, SBA’s national virtual event will be held September 22-24. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

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