Receiving a prestigious designation, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd. (IPR&C), a public relations and marketing firm based in New York’s Hudson Valley region, has been named the Women-Owned Small Business of the Year for 2024 by the Metro New York District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Impact PR & Communciations
Impact PR & Communciations

A New York State-certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), IPR&C will be lauded alongside the area’s top entrepreneurs and small business advocates at an award ceremony on May 9, 2024, in celebration of the presidentially declared National Small Business Week 2024. The awards recognize companies that have demonstrated growth, success, job creation or retention and community involvement, as well as individuals who have mentored and/or championed small businesses.

About Impact PR & Communications

Impact PR & Communications is an award-winning strategic public relations and marketing firm. Founded in 2014, the company offers media relations, copywriting, reputation management, thought leadership, community engagement and social media services to a variety of category-leading clients throughout the tri-state region and beyond. For more information, visit, call (845) 462-4979 or follow the agency on LinkedInFacebook and Instagram.

“It’s an honor for our team to be recognized in the company of other groundbreaking small businesses in New York – and on the heels of our agency’s 10th anniversary,” said Filomena Fanelli, founder and CEO, IPR&C. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

SBA Metro New York Awards

In addition to the award IPR&C is receiving, and recognition of the 2024 Small Business Person of the Year, the SBA Metro New York categories include: Financial Service Champion; Veteran Small Business; Minority Small Business; Women Business Champion; Home-Based Business and Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business.

Winners were nominated and selected from within the SBA’s Metro New York district which includes New York City, Long Island and the downstate counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. “We invite elected officials, SBA Partners and members of the small business community to join us and honor our winners whose contributions have helped strengthen the U.S. economy,” said SBA District Director, John Mallano.

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The ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Technology Center, 11 Times Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The event is free and open to the public. Please register at For more information on the award ceremony, please contact Teresa Detelj at 

Below is a list of all 2024 SBA Metro New York Small Business Award winners:

  • Small Business Person of the Year Award 
    • Stephanie MacIntosh
      • Nuestro Terreno Común, LLC dba NTC Language Services
  • Women’s Business Center of the Year Excellence Award 
    • Delia A. Awusi, Director
      • BOC Brooklyn Women’s Business Center
      • Business Outreach Center Network, Inc
  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award 
    • Erica Chase, Director
      • Farmingdale Small Business Development Center
      • SBDC Farmingdale State College
  • Women-Owned Small Business of the Year 
    • Filomena Fanelli
      • Impact PR & Communications
  • Home-Based Business of the Year 
    • Milene Jardine
      • Milene Jardine Chocolatier
  • Minority Small Business of the Year 
    • Auria Abraham
      • Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year 
    • Brian Negri
      • Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year 
    • Glen W. Fernandez, Vice President
      • Community Lending Business Development Officer
      • Valley Bank
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year 
    • Renee Green
      • Kaylas Places, LLC
  • Women Small Business Champion of the Year 
    • Shannon Conklin
      • Organic Edge


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