On Monday, Small Business Administration Delaware Director Michelle Harris presented Jon Talkington and Robert Walker, Jr., owners of Brimming Horn Meadery, Milton, with its inaugural annual SBA’s Delaware ‘Rural Small Business of the Year’ award.
Brimming Horn Meadery makes mead (honey wine), hard ciders, fruit wines, wines, hard lemonades, and hard gingers.
Brimming Horn is known for its events, including ‘Party Like It’s 793,’ Delaware’s only Viking re-enactment festival, and its nationwide bottle club.
Brimming Horn is expanding, opening a production facility and small tasting room in Seaford and adding a small warehouse at its Milton property. Brimming Horn benefited from an SBA COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan as well as SBA-backed Delaware SCORE and Delaware Small Business Development Center business counseling, a release stated.
SBA’s 2023 Delaware Small Business Award roster
Small Business People of the Year: Jonathan and Monika Urquhart, Andreas Janke, Bavarian Bakery & Deli, Dover.
Exporter of the Year: Argentek, Andres Molanes-Fernandez (owner), Wilmington..
Federal Government Sub-Contractor of the Year (SBA Delaware and SBA Mid-Atlantic Region):
TWS Environmental, Jose Suarez (owner), Wilmington
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: NorthNode Group Counseling, Antonya Jordan (owner), Dover..
Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Fly High Cheer and Tumble, Andrea Caswell (owner), Camden
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Heirloom Restaurant, Meghan Lee (owner), Lewes
Frank J. Masley Champion Award: LaPlaza Delaware, Georgetown
Lifetime Achievement Award: James Provo, SBA Delaware Economic Development Specialist (Retired)
- LENDING AWARDS
- Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Number of Loans: M & T Bank
- Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Dollars Financed: M & T Bank
- Runner-Up Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Number of Loans: TD Bank
- Runner-Up Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Dollars Financed: Fulton Bank
- Top 504 Lender: Delaware Community Development Corporation (DCDC)