The Grayson College Small Business Development Center recently received the SBDC of the Year award from the Small Business Administration’s Dallas/Ft. Worth District Office. In addition to that honor, the Grayson College center also received the North Texas SBDC of the Year, North Texas SBDC State Star, North Texas SBDC Administrative Excellence Award and two 2018 Million Dollar Loan Club awards.


“The awards received by the Grayson College Small Business Development Center are indicative of the hard work and professionalism of the entire staff,” SBDC Director Karen Stidham said. “It is important to note that every staff member was recognized for outstanding performance individually as well as collectively. The effort of each team member coupled with the strong support of our host college is undoubtedly the key to our success.”


The DFW SBA District covers 72 counties in North, East and Central Texas.


The North Texas SBDC of the Year award is the highest award given to a center by the North Texas Small Business Development Center. NTSBDC includes 14 centers covering 48 counties in North and East Texas. The award is based on successful achievements and outstanding growth.


The North Texas SBDC State Star award, which is the highest individual award presented by the North Texas SBDC, was given to Stidham. The North Texas SBDC Administrative Excellence Award was presented to GC SBDC administrative assistant Helen Jeffcoats. That award is the highest one given to administrative assistants and was created to honor outstanding performance and contributions to center success.


The 2018 Million Dollar Loan Club award was presented to Business Adviser Ken Mullins for assisting clients in securing $1,010,000 in business loans during the 2018 fiscal year. This award was also presented to Business Adviser Homer “Dee” Cawthon for assisting clients in securing $3,425,000 in business loans during the 2018 fiscal year.