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The SBA Metro New York Names Impact PR & Communications 2024 Women-Owned Small Business of the Year

New York, NY, April 29, 2024 — Receiving a prestigious designation, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd. (IPR&C), a public relations and marketing firm based in New York’s Hudson Valley region, has been named the Women-Owned Small Business of the Year for 2024 by the Metro New York District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A New York State-certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), IPR&C will be lauded alongside the area’s top entrepreneurs and small business advocates at an award ceremony on May 9, 2024, in celebration of the presidentially declared National Small Business Week 2024. The awards recognize companies that have demonstrated growth, success, job creation or retention and community involvement, as well as individuals who have mentored and/or championed small businesses.
In addition to the award IPR&C is receiving, and recognition of the 2024 Small Business Person of the Year, the SBA Metro New York categories include: Financial Service Champion; Veteran Small Business; Minority Small Business; Women Business Champion; Home-Based Business and Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business.

Winners were nominated and selected from within the SBA’s Metro New York district which includes New York City, Long Island and the downstate counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.

“We invite elected officials, SBA Partners and members of the small business community to join us and honor our winners whose contributions have helped strengthen the U.S. economy,” said SBA District Director, John Mallano.

The ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Technology Center, 11 Times Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The event is free and open to the public. Please register at

“It’s an honor for our team to be recognized in the company of other groundbreaking small businesses in New York – and on the heels of our agency’s 10th anniversary,” said Filomena Fanelli, founder and CEO, IPR&C.

Below is a list of all 2024 SBA Metro New York Small Business Award winners:

Small Business Person of the Year Award
Stephanie MacIntosh
Nuestro Terreno Común, LLC dba NTC Language Services

Women’s Business Center of the Year Excellence Award
Delia A. Awusi, Director
BOC Brooklyn Women’s Business Center
Business Outreach Center Network, Inc

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
Erica Chase, Director
Farmingdale Small Business Development Center
SBDC Farmingdale State College

Women-Owned Small Business of the Year
Filomena Fanelli
Impact PR & Communications

Home-Based Business of the Year
Milene Jardine
Milene Jardine Chocolatier

Minority Small Business of the Year
Auria Abraham
Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen

Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
Brian Negri
Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc

Financial Services Champion of the Year
Glen W. Fernandez, Vice President
Community Lending Business Development Officer
Valley Bank

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Renee Green
Kaylas Places, LLC

Women Small Business Champion of the Year
Shannon Conklin
Organic Edge

For more information on the award ceremony, please contact Teresa Detelj at

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

About Impact PR & Communications
Impact PR & Communications is an award-winning strategic public relations and marketing firm. Founded in 2014, the company offers media relations, copywriting, reputation management, thought leadership, community engagement and social media services to a variety of category-leading clients throughout the tri-state region and beyond. For more information, visit, call (845) 462-4979 or follow the agency on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

Editor’s Note: A high-resolution photo of the Impact PR & Communications team is attached.

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