SCORE/SBA Small Business Awards Event
Hosted bySCORE Logo - New National

Join SCORE and the Houston office of the US Small Business Administration in honoring the best small business owners and champions in Houston. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Site Registration: 8:30AM-9AM; 11AM-11:30AM
Workshops: 9AM to 11AM

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


Westin Galleria,
5060 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77056


Beth Shapiro



Gold Sponsors

  Goldman Sachs 10k Program




Silver Sponsors

Community CDC

BBVA Compass

Capital CDC Logo

Prosperity Bank

KBC Logo

Friends of SCORE  


Alliance Partner  


Small Business Champions

Financial Services Champion
Richard Gianni 

Veterans Business Champion
Kevin B. Doffing
Sam's Safety Equipment

Women in Business Champion
Nancy Opoku Mensah
Triumphant Women Inc.

Home-Based Business Champion
Jasmin Augustin
LegalShield Independent Associate

Minority SB Champion of Year
Estella Gonzalez
Baker Ripley

"if you wait until the last minute to plan,
it only takes a minute"
A Workshop To Help You
Build Disaster Resilience
For Your Small Business 

Moderated by Shaun Miller, 
TDEM, State Coordinator - DPS Region 2
Panelist 1: Janice Jucker – 3 Brothers Bakery 
Panelist 2: Harris County emergency management
Panelist 3: George Buenik, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, City of Houston 
Panelist 4: Judge Nate McDonald – Matagorda County

  • What I wish small businesses would know before, during and after a disaster.
  • What does “Preparedness” mean?
  • Getting engaged with your emergency management community.
  • Local, State and Federal emergency management resources available for Small Businesses.
  • Do you have a Continuity of Operations Plan?
  • Q&A 
Keynote Speaker
Scott McClelland is the President of H-E-B Food/Drug Stores, a $26B retailer that operates 390 stores in Texas and Mexico.Known as the “HEB Guy”, Scott is the local face for H-E-B starring in TV commercials along with JJ Watt, Deshaun Watson, Jose Altuve and other local notables.Under his leadership H-E-B’s grew from an 11% to a market leading 28% share by opening larger stores with a heavy emphasis on low prices, locally sourced products and tailored assortment based on the neighborhoods around each store.Scott serves on numerous local boards, including the Greater Houston Partnership where he serves as the Chairman on their Board of Directors. 

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.


Small Business Person of Year - Christi Jean Bond

Independence Coffee Co.'s mission is to create a passionate community of coffee and tea enthusiasts by providing the highest quality hand-roasted and packaged 'world' coffees and hand-blended tea products (on time) to our customers while honoring traditional 'old school' roasting and blending methods that pay respect to coffee's rich history...while of course, having a blast doing it.

You'll still see Christi and I 'hand-delivering' our coffees and teas to grocery markets, convenience stores, offices and other family-owned establishments.  It's just what we do. If you see us stocking shelves, feel free to say hello! Ragan Bond-Roaster

8(a) Graduate of Year - Denise S. Navarro

After earning a bachelor of arts in computer information systems and a master of business administration (MBA), both from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, Navarro dedicated herself to a career supporting the federal government and commercial industries, before launching Logical Innovations and its majority owned/managed joint ventures.  Logical Innovations, Inc. provides, to  the federal government and the commercial sector, a complete line of services to complement and enhance your existing business and new business pursuits. Our services include, Program / Project Management, Information Technology Support, Training Design/Development/Delivery, Performance Improvement Initiatives, and more.

Entrepreneurial Success - Michael G. Scheurich

Michael was raised in Beaumont, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in construction science at Texas A&M. He initially established Arch-Con as a resource for the local commercial market in the areas of office and industrial design-build construction. Along the way, the business expanded into the markets of retail, healthcare, corporate interiors, hospitality and community construction.He founded the Arch-Con Corporation in 2000 and has helped shape the commercial landscape of Houston and Dallas and throughout the state of Texas. Arch-Con has received local and national recognition for excellence, currently ranked in ENR’s Top 400 Contractor’s List and Houston Business Journal’s Top 25 Commercial Contractors List as well as being named to Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 500, Texas A&M’s Aggie 100 Top 10 and Houston Business Journal’s Fast 100.

Family-Owned Business of Year - Janice & Robert Jucker

Beginning in Europe, nearly 200 years ago, Three Brothers Bakery has become a Houston institution, most well known for their traditional Jewish breads, cookies, pies, cupcakes, custom cakes, and more!

JaniceJucker knows all about the domestic arts.The San Antonio native's career ranges from lobby manager and hospitality expert at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York to the manager of a contract sewing factory in Houston.And now, she's the president of Three Brothers Bakery, the multigenerational family business she married into that still makes its challah and rye breads from handed-down recipes more than 200 years old.

Three Brothers Bakery owner Bobby Jucker was named one of the top bakers in the country in 2016.