SBA Administrator visits Equator’s Market Street location for press conference

Having won the SBA’s Small Business of the Year Award for the state of California last month, the SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, presented Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, co-founders of Equator, with the award for National Small Business of the Year earlier in the week in Washington, D.C., kicking off National Small Business Week.

The Administrator again recognized this amazing achievement and the historic milestone that the win represents, as the first LGBT business to win the award in the SBA’s history.

Administrator Contreras-Sweet called Helen and Brooke “impact entrepreneurs” as she presented them with the SBA award on behalf of President Barack Obama at their Market Street location on Friday, May 6.

“We wanted to close out National Small Business Week celebrating entrepreneurs with a double bottom line, those who make an impact. It’s important to make a profit, but it’s more important to make a difference in a community,” she said.

Our CEO, Jacklyn Jordan, spoke about how honored we are to be a part of Equator’s growth and success, and congratulated them on this amazing and historic achievement.