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SBA recognizing WIPP Member Lynlee Altman as "Women Business Champion of the Year"

Tuesday, July 09, 2013  
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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.

The 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.

In 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 2011.

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 career.”

Pinnacle 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.

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