Posted: April 25, 2017
Mayor Benjamin to accept award for 2017 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions
to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official on Sunday
COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 25, 2017) – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and accept his award for the 2017 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official on Sunday, April 30 in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Benjamin was selected by the SBA for his leadership during the October 2015 flood. He is one of two public officials in the nation named for the award.
“The October 2015 flood was such an incredibly devastating time for our city, but it was truly a time during which our resiliency as a city was shown,” said Mayor Benjamin. “I’m honored to receive this award, and I thank our first responders, military, city officials and residents for the collaboration that was achieved during that difficult time.”
The SBA will celebrate all of the state winners at a special ceremony on Sunday in the nation’s capital in celebration of National Small Business Week April 30 – May 6.
For media availability, please contact Lauren Harper at 803-908-2603.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration:
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital (Business Financing), Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training), Government Contracting (Federal Procurement), Advocacy (Voice for Small Business).