SCORE/SBA Small Business Awards Event

Hosted by   SCORE Logo - New National


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Registration: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
Insights into Entrepreneurial Success: 9AM to 11AM

Expo: 9:00AM to 11:30AM 
Luncheon/Awards Ceremony:11:30AM to 1:30PM


Westin Galeria,
5060 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77056


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Goldman Sachs 10k Program

Silver Sponsors




Community CDC Logo


BBVA Compass

Capital CDC Logo


McCune Construction   

Friends of SCORE  


Alliance Partner  


Join SCORE and SBA in honoring the best small business owners and champions in Houston. The event includes a workshop, Insights into Entrepreneurial Success, a small business expo and celebratory luncheon with a keynote address.
Keynote Speaker
Born and raised in the East End of Houston, Johnny Carrabba III was raised in his parent’s family-owned store, Carrabba’s Friendly Grocery, and attended St. Thomas High School. In 1986, Johnny opened The Original Carrabba’s on Kirby Drive. The second location on South Voss Road opened in 1988. In 1993, Outback Steakhouse created a joint venture partnership, opening over 250 Carrabba’s Italian Grill Restaurants nationwide. Johnny and his family continue to own and operate the two original Carrabba’s locations. 
Workshop (9 AM - 11 AM)
"Insights into Entrepreneurial Success" Workshop
Gain an in-depth understanding of the resources available to an entrepreneur in Houston. Meet the distinguished panelists and learn about their programs to promote small, minority, and women-owned businesses. learn about SBA's 3 C’s, Capital, Contracting and Counseling plus programs to spur innovation and exports.  Meet SBA's resource partners, UHSBDC and SCORE. Listen and learn from other successful entrpreneurs during a panel discussion.

Maya Durnovo,

Carlecia Wright,
City of Houston

Gilda Rameriz,
The Port of Houston

Tandelyn Weaver,


   Tim Jeffcoat, SBA

Steve Lawrence, SBDC


     David Lurie, SCORE


Master of Ceremonies: Bob Charlet became the publisher of the Houston Business Journal in 2015 where he joined a veteran team of professionals who have distinguished the HBJ as one of the leading business journals in the country. 

Charlet joined the Pacific Business News, a sister publication, in 2009 as advertising director and was promoted to publisher three years later. Prior to PBN, he was North American group sales manager at Canon Communications, overseeing sales and marketing for a group of B2B media properties. He is a graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

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Fee: $99
for Sponsorship and Exhibition Booth Information

SBA Names 2018 Houston Small Business Person of the Year

Dr. Neralla is Founder and CEO of SIA Solutions, LLC, a professional services, engineering, and consulting firm. They specialize in program and project solutions in Infrastructure Asset Management, Energy, Environmental Compliance and Remediation, Radiological Services, and Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste (HTRW) Management Services.
Small Business Winners
Small Business Exporter                   
Rakesh K. Jain,  
RJ Engineering Systems, Inc.

Family-Owned Business 
Kirk Michaelis,  El Bolillo Bakery 

Young Entrepreneur  
Joshua Anthony Zapalac, 
EcoZapp Efficiency

Entrepreneurial Success 
                                                                                                                          Jesus Angel Gonzalez Lopez,  
                                                                                            Tostada Regia Restaurants
Small Business Champions
Women in Business Champion
Sandra Janak, Aspire Sales & Electrical Services, LLC
Financial Services Champion
Aziz Rahim, Wallis State Bank
Veterans Champion 
Gary Henderson Jr., Allegiance Bank

Minority Small Business Champion   
Johnny Whaley, EEHour LLC