Bend Consulting Group founders named SBA Oregon Small Business Person of the Year

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — – The U.S. Small Business Administration‘s 2022 Small Business of the Year is Brightways Counseling Group of Bend, founded by husband-and-wife team Kevin and Angie Shaw.

Founded in 2017, counselors at Brightways Counseling Group provide comprehensive care for people with a variety of mental health issues in central Oregon. What started with one clinic and eight staff has expanded to four sites in Bend, Madras, Redmond and Woodburn, Oregon, with 65 staff who, in 2021, helped 2,634 patients become the best version of themselves- same.

The SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award – as part of National Small Business Week May 2-5, 2022 – recognizes small business owners who demonstrate perseverance and a proven track record as an established business with at least three years in business. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, increased jobs and sales, product or service innovation, response to adversity, and contributions to projects community-oriented.

Winners from each of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will be officially recognized on May 5 at the National Small Business Week (NSBW) Virtual Summit Awards Ceremony as part of the NSBW Free Virtual Summit, an action-packed 4-day event honoring small businesses across the country, educational sessions, online business resources and exciting guest speakers.

National Small Business Week 2022 celebrates the resilience and tenacity of American entrepreneurs who are doing their part to fuel our nation’s historic economic comeback. During National Small Business Week, SBA hits the road for a nationwide bus tour. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will visit nine cities across the country and, together with local SBA offices, join local elected officials in celebrating the 32.5 million American small businesses that have played a vital role in our country’s historically strong economic comeback .

“I am thrilled to recognize our National Small Business Week winners from across the country who have come together to grow their businesses, create jobs and fuel a historic recovery over the past year,” said the administrator. Guzman. “Entrepreneurs are first and foremost innovators and creators, providing the products and services we depend on and making our neighborhoods, towns and cities more vibrant places to live and work. They give everything to achieve their American dream of business ownership and, in doing so, advance the American economy and global competitiveness.

“Our 2022 honorees represent the vibrancy and resilience of our country’s 32.5 million small businesses, and I look forward to celebrating these small business giants and the positive impact they’ve had on lives and livelihoods. livelihoods of communities across America.”

“Over the past two years, small business owners have had to innovate and create new ways to serve their customers, support their employees and support their communities,” said Martin Golden, district manager of SBA Portland. “Entrepreneurs like Kevin and Angie represent the thousands of small business owners who dedicate themselves every day to building better lives for their families and employees and are a source of strength for their communities.

With ever-increasing demand for consulting services throughout Oregon, Brightways needed a strong presence where it could be most responsive to the needs of its community, necessitating the expansion of its physical locations. It took both expertise and capital to make it a reality.

With the help of SBA Financing Programsthe company was able to access the capital needed to purchase and redevelop two of its sites where it was able to effectively reach rural and underserved communities.

“This award is such an honor for all of our hard work over the past few years in building our vision to help meet the needs of our community,” said Kevin and Angie Shaw. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the help the SBA was able to provide our business with the purchase of 2 office buildings in central Oregon. We also want to thank our staff and the incredible community partners who joined us in our mission.

About National Small Business Week

For more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the vital contributions of American entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of three new jobs in the United States each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the US Small Business Administration is taking the opportunity to recognize the impact of exceptional entrepreneurs, small business owners and others in all 50 US states and territories. Every day, they work to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, spur innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

To register for National Small Business Week and for more information about the event, visit www.sba.gov/NSBW .

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About the United States Small Business Administration

The United States Small Business Administration is making the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov. the Portland neighborhood serves Oregon and southwestern Washington with offices in Portland.

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