Colorado Springs’ Alison Brown Awarded National Honor by NSBA

June 23, 2014

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June 23, 2014

Molly Brogan Day

Washington, D.C. — The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today recognized Dr. Alison Brown of high-tech firm NAVSYS Corp in Colorado Springs, Colo. as a finalist for the 2014 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. Brown was recognized today in Washington, D.C. for her exemplary work in advocating for America’s small businesses.

“Alison is an extremely dedicated advocate for small businesses in Colorado Springs and beyond,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “She understands the importance of paying it forward and has been instrumental in bringing key issues facing high-tech firms to the forefront.”

Brown has received numerous awards for her work as an industry pioneer and an outspoken advocate for small firms, and was appointed Chair of the SBA Region VIII Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board. She founded the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association Small Business Committee and is a member of the Small Business Technology Council Board.

Beyond her ongoing efforts to better all small businesses, Brown’s firm NAVSYS has been a pioneer in its field, winning various awards, including the 2007 Small Business Innovation Research Tibbetts Award and being named to SBA’s Colorado Wall of Fame in 2003. In 2012, equipment developed by NAVSYS was featured as part of a permanent satellite navigation exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Musuem.

“In addition to testifying before lawmakers and continually standing up for small business, Alison went so far in her commitment to small business to found the nonprofit Tri-Lakes Business Incubator to help new, young startups in her area with low-cost office space and resources,” stated NSBA Chair Jeff Van Winkle of Clark Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Alongside Brown, NSBA also recognized the following outstanding small-business leaders: Keith Ashmus of the law firm Frantz Ward in Cleveland, Ohio; Denise Burgess of Burgess Services, an engineering and construction business in Denver, Colo.; Michael Janeway of engineering services firm APG Technologies in Potomac Falls, Va.; and Brian Stein of S&S Intersource, a refractory business serving the steel industry in Mars, Pa.

Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.