Socorro Harvey Recognized as Finalist for Advocate of the Year Award

March 18, 2013


March 18, 2013 

Molly Brogan

Washington, D.C. – NSBA has named Socorro Harvey, President of NVision Solutions in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi as one of its outstanding finalists for the 2013 Lew Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. Harvey was recognized alongside four other small-business owners representing various industries from across the country. The award ceremony took place on Monday, March 18 in Washington, D.C.

“Socorro not only runs a very successful business, she has transformed her passion for small-business advocacy into a separate, nonprofit organization, the Magnolia Business Alliance,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “An outspoken advocate on contracting issues, Socorro has championed small-business growth and innovation throughout the Gulf Coast.”

In 2010, Harvey pioneered the development of the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA) to promote entrepreneurship, facilitate the development of new companies and foster community and national awareness of issues affecting small businesses. MBA was awarded with one of 10 SBA Regional Innovation Cluster contracts to expand and replicate the program, and has lobbied the State of Mississippi to buy from Mississippi businesses first in equal bids to the state

2011 NVision testified before Congress on contracting issues and Harvey is well known throughout the Gulf Coast for her small-business initiatives. Starting NVision Solutions, Inc. in 2002, Harvey has grown the company to more than 70 employees in 2011 and has received numerous awards, including: a 2006 Tibbetts Award, the 2009 Edward M. Lowe Foundation Mississippi Company to Watch, the 2011 Minority Global Technology Firm of the Year for the Southeast Region, and Mississippi Small Business Innovator of the Year.

“Socorro’s dedication to small business and entrepreneurship has had a positive impact on her community and region,” stated NSBA Chair David Ickert of Air Tractor, Inc., in Olney, Texas. “I am proud to honor her work with this recognition.”

NSBA also recognized: Raymond Arth of Phoenix Products, Inc. who was named the overall award winner, Dr. Raymond Jardine, Jr. of Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC, Michael Canty of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding, Inc. and John Hexter of Hexter Consulting.

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