Congratulations to Bruce Patel of Tupelo, who has been named the Small Business Association 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year by the Mississippi District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Patel is the owner of Fusion Hospitality, which develops, owns and manages some 18 hotel properties across the country, many of them in Northeast Mississippi.
Here’s the release from the SBA:
Bhupender “Bruce” Patel, Owner of Fusion Hospitality of Tupelo, MS has been named the SBA 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year by the Mississippi District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge in May when one of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year during the SBA’s celebration of National Small Business Week set for May 15th and 16th.
The state small business winners represent a broad range of business products, services and innovations. While in D.C., the winners will have opportunities to meet with top administration officials, congressional representatives and national business leaders. The highlight of the celebration will come when one of them is named National Small Business Person of the Year. Bhupender “Bruce” Patel will represent Mississippi during this event.In addition, at an awards ceremony being planned for mid-July, the Mississippi SBA District Office will honor Mr. Patel along with four other Small Business Week winners.“We are proud that Bruce Patel is the SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for 2014,” says Janita R. Stewart, SBA District Director in Mississippi. “Nominated to SBA by Three Rivers Local Development Company, Inc., the selection as our state winner was based in part on Fusion Hospitality’s staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial reports, innovations of product or service, and response to adversity and contributions to aid the community. Every year, SBA receives nominations from organizations for various categories including Financial Services Champion, Women in Business Champion, Minority Business Champion, Veterans Business Champion, and others. The Small Business Person of the Year is the TOP category, and for this year, several nominations were received and considered, but Mr. Patel with Fusion Hospitality rose to the very top.”