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

Receiving a prestigious designation, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd., 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 LinkedInFacebook and Instagram.