2018-9-24

Shay Wrenn is the BA 2018 Homecoming Queen

2018 Homecoming Queen, Shay Wrenn.

2018 Homecoming Queen, Shay Wrenn, daughter of Lane and Erica Wrenn of Gasburg. Therunner up, Hannah Waller. 2017 Homecoming Queen, Halie Dru Sadler, was present to crown the new Queen.

Our 2018 Crown bearer was First Grader, Jonas Earl Doyle, son of Jock Doyle (‘99) and Jessie Raney Doyle ('01). He is the grandson of Beverly Temple Raney ('74), Terri Speight Doyle ('72), and Joey Doyle ('73).Our 2018 Flower Girl was First Grader, Kacy Grey Powell, daughter of Katie Griffin Powell ('02) and Scott Powell. Kacy is the granddaughter of Sandra Wright Griffin ('76) and Samuel Grey Griffin ('74).

Brunswick Academy 2018 Homecoming Court; from left to right: Alyssa Rivas (Freshman), Naomi Sadler (Sophomore), Olivia Combs (Junior), Allie Pope (Senior), Hannah Waller (Senior), Shay Wrenn (Senior), Lucy Smith (Senior), Sarah Olivia Temple (Junior), Logan Hyde (Junior), Kaitlyn Waller (Sophomore), and Madelyn Williams (Freshman). 

Left to Right (Back Row)- Director of Upper School, Brittney Weidman, 2017 Homecoming Queen, Halie Dru Sadler (‘18), 2018 Homecoming Queen, Shay Wrenn, and father of Shay Wrenn, Lane Wrenn. Left to Right (Front Row) Crown Bearer, Jonas Doyle, & Flower Girl, Kacy Powell.

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SBA Announces FY 2018 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Awards

SBA Awards $18 Million to Expand Small Business Exporting

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that $18 million in funding has been awarded to 47 State international trade agencies through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), to support export growth among U.S. small businesses.

STEP is designed to meet three distinctive goals: to increase the number of small businesses that export, to increase the value of exports for small businesses, and to increase the number of small businesses that explore significant new trade opportunities. Expanding the base of small business exporters and making the process as easy as possible is a key component of the Administration’s small business strategy.

“The SBA is committed to ensuring equal access for small businesses to international markets and expanding export opportunities, and ensuring small businesses have the resources they need to drive their businesses and local communities forward,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “The STEP awards are an important resource that provide small businesses with the confidence and funding they need to thrive in this competitive international market.”

Since the beginning of the STEP program seven years ago, approximately $138 million in grants have been awarded to fund export opportunities and increase the footprint of small businesses in countries all over the world.

“The 2018 STEP awards is a great opportunity for states to help small businesses with the information and tools they need to succeed in exporting,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian who oversees SBA programs in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, D.C. and Pennsylvania. “Assistance includes participation in foreign trade missions, foreign-market sales trips, and services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training workshops and more.”

STEP awards are managed and provided at the local level by state government organizations. The program is managed at the national level by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade.

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