SBA Names Richard Lewis & RTL Networks, Inc

8(a) Graduate of the Year

April 4, 2016, Denver [E-Release] – Richard Lewis and RTL Networks, Inc (RTL) have recently been recognized as the 8(a) Graduate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration Rocky Mountain Region. In an announcement made last week, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet released the names of this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In making the announcement, Contreras-Sweet said: “It is my distinct pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and her territories. These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today’s evolving and competitive business environment.”

“It is my distinct pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and her territories. These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today’s evolving and competitive business environment.”Maria Contreras-Sweet

According to the announcement, Lewis and RTL were selected for the award because of the overall qualifications and expertise of RTL’s management, recognition of the company’s special achievements and exceptional past performance record, cost performance, innovative services and dedication to economic engagement of disadvantaged communities.

“RTL Networks truly appreciates the tireless efforts of the SBA in the areas of advising and advocating for small business,” Lewis said. “It is an honor to receive this award and we look forward to continuing to service our customers in a way that consistently exceeds their expectations and provides the best value for their diverse needs.”

The award coincides with national Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.

Lewis will be on hand at a reception during the planned national event in Denver on May 4th to accept the award. The SBA’s Contreras-Sweet will also be in Denver to participate in the day’s events, which include an SBA-hosted Celebrating Women’s Business Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank Denver Branch office. Following the women’s event, an awards celebration will be held at the History Colorado Museum where each of the Colorado Small Business Week winners will receive their awards; four new businesses will be inducted into the Colorado Small Business Wall of Fame; and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and Office of Economic Development, will receive the Regional Administrator’s Small Business Advocacy Award.

“RTL Networks truly appreciates the tireless efforts of the SBA in the areas of advising and advocating for small business. It is an honor to receive this award and we look forward to continuing to service our customers in a way that consistently exceeds their expectations and provides the best value for their diverse needs.”RICHARD LEWIS, PRESIDENT AND CEO