Posted on May 24, 2004

ORLANDO, May 24, 2004—The Small Business Administration (SBA) named five business owners from across America as it’s Women Entrepreneurs of the Year at the SBA’s National Small Business Week Expo at the Orlando-Orange County Convention Center on May 20th. SBA Administrator Hector Barreto and Deputy Administrator Melanie Sabelhaus singled out Global-5, Inc. President and CEO Mary Hamill of Orlando for recognition.

Global-5 is a national award-winning public relations, marketing and multimedia company serving the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the Transportation Security Administration, American Honda Motor Company, the Army Model and Simulation Office, NAVAIR Orlando Training Systems Division, and Science Applications International Corporation, among other clients.

“Today is a tribute to all of you and all like you throughout the United States,” Deputy Administrator Sabelhaus declared while introducing the five female entrepreneurs being honored. “So many women have contributed and worked so hard that you who have been recognized are the key keepers of the economic recovery of this entire nation. Ladies, your world is of resilience, tenacity and resourcefulness.” Sabelhaus said women business owners represent the fastest growing segment of American business, “I would agree with President Bush when he says that when it comes to entrepreneurship in job creation, it is quickly becoming a woman’s world.”

Administrator Barreto says President Bush is devoted to, “empowering the fasting growing segment of small business, which is minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses of America.”