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Balboa Capital Announces Winners of its 2019 National Small Business Week Contest

Posted 06/06/2019

Balboa Capital, a leading direct lender that specializes in small business loans and equipment leasing, today announced the winners of its 2019 National Small Business Week contest, which invited small business owners nationwide to share the story and inspiration behind their companies for the chance to win one of twelve prizes. The contest was named “What’s the Big Idea?” and it garnered entries from candidates across the United States, and in a wide variety of business industries.

“This year’s contest was a tremendous success and a great way to celebrate National Small Business Week” said Kevin Umeda, Manager of Sales Planning and Coordination at Balboa Capital. “We received an overwhelming number of essays that conveyed a genuine passion and an entrepreneurial spirit. We are excited to congratulate our $1,000 grand prize winner, Sharon Zelinko, a retired nurse and founder of Gripsors, LLC, located in Winter Haven, Florida. Sharon invented medical bandage scissors with a unique design, including grooves between the handles, which allow nurse practitioners to grip and open IV lines in a safe and easy manner. Our $500 runner-up winner is Diane Emery, founder of Executive Reporting Service, which is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. Executive Reporting Service supports the legal community with court reporting services and litigation support.” Mr. Umeda said that Balboa Capital expected a high number of entries, so the company included ten honorable mention winners. The full list of winners can be seen here.

“Successful, forward-thinking small businesses help create jobs and fuel our nation’s economy,” said Mr. Umeda. “Our contest gave us the opportunity to recognize their efforts, raise awareness of National Small Business Week, and give entrepreneurs a chance to win cash prizes.” 

About Balboa Capital 
Balboa Capital is a technology-driven financing company that provides business owners with fast, hassle-free solutions to fuel their growth and success. The company specializes in small business loans, equipment financing, commercial financing, equipment vendor financing, and franchise financing. Balboa Capital developed an intuitive online platform that simplifies the entire financing process. Calculators provide instant estimates, applications can be completed and submitted in a matter of minutes, and sophisticated credit scoring technology provides instant decisions. To learn more, visit

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