SBA recognizing WIPP Member Lynlee Altman as "Women Business Champion of the Year"
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diane Evans
In her Pinnacle Journey, Cleveland’s Lynlee Altman Lifts
Up Other Businesswomen
Six-State SBA Office honors Pinnacle Founder as Champion
for Women Business Owners
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- June 24,
2013 -- In the year the SBA marks the 25th Anniversary of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988, Cleveland’s Lynlee Altman uniquely speaks to both
sides of the progress report for women in business: Her own remarkable success-- in growing a start-up construction company founded
in 2000 to $14 million in sales in 2012 --
is paralleled by her national advocacy efforts for woman seeking to
overcome the same kind of obstacles Ms. Altman experienced first-hand.
On June 26, the Region 5 Office
of the Small Business Administration (SBA), covering Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, will honor Ms. Altman as the region’s
"Women in Business Champion of the Year.”
She is both owner and founder of Pinnacle Construction & Development
Group based in Cleveland.
award, given annually since 1960, recognizes outstanding contributions in
regulatory advocacy on behalf of women-owned businesses, coupled with efforts
to strengthen individual women business owners.
nominating Ms. Altman for the award, the late Henry T. Wilfong Jr., writing as
President of the National Association of Small
Disadvantaged Businesses (NASDB), described her as the first person he sought
out to advance women’s business issues in interviews with media and in sessions
with political leaders, including President Obama in a meeting in Cleveland in
In commenting on Ms.
Altman’s award, Mr. Wilfong’s widow, Wyllene Watson Wilfong, said, "Hank
recognized the innate passion for equal justice, economic parity sustainability
within Ms. Altman. He lived from the
adage "reach one, teach one.” Ms. Altman proved both reachable and teachable,
and Hank was willing to teach.”
Ms. Altman volunteers
for Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network with members in
35 countries in both the Accelerator and Mentorship programs and NASDB. Through these
organizations, Ms. Altman offers guidance to small businesses, including women
owned business. "It’s important to me to
extend a hand to help someone else up,” said Ms. Altman. "So many people have helped me throughout my
specializes in unique, complex projects that require careful planning and
special attention to safety at job sites. As a prime government contractor,
Pinnacle’s client list includes NASA; the U.S. Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force,
Army and National Guard Bureau; the U.S. Departments of Interior and Veterans
Affairs, and the National Park Service.
The Region V Office of the SBA will present Ms.
Altman’s award Wednesday, June 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Pinnacle’s headquarters at
2806 Payne Avenue in Cleveland.