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UTPA hosts 39th annual Small Business Week Luncheon
By Melissa Vasquez, Senior Writer
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Posted: 05/29/2002
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The University of Texas-Pan American Small Business Development Center hosted the 39th annual Small Business Week Luncheon Wednesday, May 29 in Weslaco to honor entrepreneurs and professionals who are making great strides to improve the economic status and quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley.

This is the first year the UTPA Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), hosted the event to celebrate the outstanding achievements of outstanding community leaders.


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The University of Texas-Pan American Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), hosted the 39th annual Small Business Week Luncheon Wednesday, May 29 in Weslaco to honor entrepreneurs and professionals in the Rio Grande Valley. Front row, from left is Denise Blanchard, Small Business Legislative Advocate of the Year; Vicki Roy, Small Business Person of the Year and Texas Small Business Person of the Year; Edna G. Posada, Women in Business Advocate of the Year and Regional Women in Business Advocate of the Year; and Ernestine Chapa, Service Corps of Retired Executives Counselor of the Year. Back row, from left is Brian Michael Edwards, Small Business Journalist of the Year; Jose Eloy Pulido, Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year; and James K. Greene, Financial Services Advocate of the Year. Not pictured are Gil Quintanilla, Accountant Advocate of the Year; Oralia S. Cavazos, Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year; Frank B. Klinger, Entrepreneurial Success of the Year; and Ernesto Arredondo, Small Business Development Center Counselor of the Year.
Vicki Roy, president of Vicki Roy Home Health Care, Inc. in Harlingen, was the big winner of the day, earning the 2002 Small Business Person of the Year for South Texas and Texas Small Business Person of the Year awards.

“I want to thank you so much for this great honor,” Roy said. “Representing the state of Texas is a great miracle for me because my life has been full of miracles.”

Roy, a cancer survivor, is the sole owner of Vicki Roy Home Health Care, Inc., which provides home health care services to patients of all ages. Having begun in 1995, it has grown to be worth an estimated $5.283 million in gross revenues and employs more than 800 people.

Edna G. Posada, owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics Studios, was honored with the Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award and the Regional Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award.

Posada is the franchise owner of two studios in Harlingen and McAllen and is the first Latina to serve as a member of the corporate Board of Directors for Merle Norman Cosmetics. She has also been recognized nationally for her top-selling cosmetic studios and was featured in Latina magazine as a role model for young women in 2001.

Other Small Business Week 2002 award winners included Gil Quintanilla, Accountant Advocate of the Year; Frank B. Klinger, Entrepreneurial Success of the Year; James K. Greene, Financial Services Advocate of the Year; Oralia S. Cavazos, Minority Advocate of the Year; Brian Michael Edwards, Small Business Journalist of the Year; Jose Eloy Pulido, Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year; Ernesto Arredondo, Small Business Development Center Counselor of the Year; Ernestine Chapa, Service Corps of Retired Executives Counselor of the Year; and Denise Blanchard, Small Business Legislative Advocate of the Year.

Also in attendance were Sylvia Zamponi, U.S. Small Business Administration district director; Joseph Montes, SBA regional administrator; William Baxter, SBA deputy district director; Pedro Salazar, UTPA Business Development associate director; Ignacio “Nacho” Garza, CPA for Long Chilton, L.L.P. and keynote speaker; and Martha Benavides, KGBT-TV Channel 4 news anchor, who served as mistress of ceremonies.

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