Lone Star College System has announced the 18 finalists who will be honored at the system’s 30th annual Small Business of the Year awards, set to take place Nov. 17.
Each year, three small businesses representing each of the system’s six campuses are named as finalists. Nominees are chosen based on four categories — leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and contribution to the community.
The three nominees for LSC-CyFair are AAA Plumbers, Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care and Mathnasium of Cy-Fair.
Steve Park and Cesar Lima of AAA Plumbing were nominated for their service to families living in multifamily housing. AAA Plumbing partners with nonprofit Camp Hope to help with fundraising and facility maintenance, donates to the Red Cross to help residents affected by flooding and provides scholarships for local students.
Zawadi Bryant, Anastasia Gentles and Consuelo Cazares with Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care were recognized for their commitment to children. Nightlight partners with Early Matters on a reading initiative for young children, works with the Houston Food Bank and volunteers at Kid’s Meals each month.
Jon and Catherine Labuda with Mathnasium of Cy-Fair were nominated for a second year in a row. The Labudas are heavily involved within Cy-Fair ISD as mentors, bus buddies and donors to the Cy-Fair Education Foundation.
All 18 finalists will be honored at an Oct. 21 luncheon at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. The six winners will be announced at the Nov. 17 awards banquet, which also takes place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.
“Lone Star College is delighted to recognize these businesses,” said Glea Ramey, SBDC Advisory Council nominations chairman. “Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community.”