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Headed to D.C. for special honors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Emile Gonzales, the 2019 New Mexico Small Business Person of the Year, selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be honored during National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C., beginning today.

She is among similar winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Emile Gonzales, the 2019 New Mexico Small Business Person of the Year, selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“As a New Mexico native, Hispanic, single mother of four, this is an incredible honor. I never set out for this award, I just knew I needed to make enough money to send my children to Notre Dame, University of Denver, Texas State University, and University of New Mexico all at the same time!,” she said in a statement. “Plus, I wanted to create a business where all employees’ quality of life is better from being on our team.”

Gonzales is the owner of G2i Construction and a former local TV news anchor, according to a news release. A couple of her recent contracting projects were the Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Lavender Farm in Albuquerque.

The SBA each year celebrates National Small Business Week by shining the spotlight on outstanding small-business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

All 53 winners are expected to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C., May 5-6, where they will be honored with their individual award and with special recognition of the three runners-up and the naming of the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year, organizers said.

The SBA also is co-hosting a free, two-day virtual conference featuring educational workshops and networking. Additionally, recognition and educational seminars throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week.

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