SCORE/SBA Small Business Awards Event
Honoring the best entrepreneurs in Houston

Attend Houston Export Forum

Visit the Expo, enjoy the luncheon and keynote speech about Houston's International Economy

Hosted by   SCORE Logo - New National


Thursday, May 11, 2017
Registration: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
Export Forum: 9:00AM to 11:00AM

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

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Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel
945 Gessner Rd
Houston, TX 77024

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Gold Sponsors


Goldman Sachs 10k Program

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Alliance Partner  

  City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity


Please join SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration in honoring the best small business owners and champions in Houston.
The event includes an Export Forum, an expo and celebratory luncheon. 

 Houston Export Forum (9 am - 11 am) 
Gain an in-depth understanding of how to start or grow your export business 

John Heimsath, President & CEO of ACM Logistics & Consulting Inc. will kick off this forum with a presentation that will provide a basic framework for building your own export business, including the intricacies involved in successfully moving a single product to market and tracing the movement of the three key components of every export transaction.

This presentation will be followed by two expert panel discussions, moderated by Josh Davis, Director, International Trade, Greater Houston Partnership.

Forum 1: Export Service Providers

  • Eric Miller, Regional Director, Office of Small Business, ExIm Bank   
  • Richard Ryan, Director, Commercial Service Houston 
  • Roberta Skebo, Deputy Director, Advising Operations, University of Houston Small Business Development Center  
  • Mark Winchester, Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Forum 2: Exporters

  • Mike Fadden, Certified Mentor, SCORE 
  • Sadik Dalal, President and Owner, Axistrade  
  • Paul Ramirez, President, Unmanned Ad-Hoc Industries 
  • Namit Varma, President, SOGO Industries 
The keynote address will be delivered by Patrick Jankowski, a regional economist and Vice President of Research at the Greater Houston Partnership. He will discuss Houston’s International Economy, exporting and international trade. He and his team provide data collection and analysis, database management, economic forecasting and mapping services for the Partnership.

Small Business Awards Winners

The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Stuart A. Lynn the 2017 Houston District Small Business Person of the Year. Stuart is Founder and CEO of Lynn & Associates Engineering and Windstorm located in Bay City, Texas.  
The other winners:

Small Business Exporter: Sadik Dalal; Axistrade, Inc.
Entrepreneurial Success: Richard Wood; Wurst Haus Restaurant and Bar
Young Entrepreneur: Faheem Inayatali, O.D.; Eye Center of Houston
Family-Owned Small Business: 
Justin Morisak; Houston Hermetics, Inc.
Women in Business Champion: Dr. Saleha B. Khumawala; SURE - UofH Bauer College of Business
Financial Services Champion: Rajiv B. Bhavsar; Wallis State Bank
Home-Based Business Champion: Sandra Louvier; Houston Community College-Northwest
Minority Small Business Champion: Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, Sr. Pastor; Windsor Village United Methodist Church
Master of Ceremonies: Al Lewis is business editor of the Houston Chronicle, leading a team of journalists covering business, energy, economics and finance in one of America's largest and most fascinating metropolitan areas.He has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal Sunday, MarketWatch, Dow Jones Newswires and the Denver Post. He also formerly served as business editor of The Denver Post. And editor-in-chief of the South Florida Business Journal.