San Angelo, TX —The Angelo State University Small Business Development Center would like to continue supporting our clients’ successes through this difficult time with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic influencing small businesses. The ASU-SBDC is pleased to announce Hector Leos of Leos Imports and his family have won the 2020 SBA Family Owned Small Business of the Year Award for the SBA San Antonio District, which encompasses 55 counties and includes the cities of San Angelo, Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo. The ASU Small Business Development Center nominated Mr. Leos and his family for the award.
Each year to help celebrate National Small Business Week (May 5-11) the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) accepts nominations in various categories and recognizes entrepreneurs for their achievements.
This award honors a family-owned and operated business who exhibits successful sales and profits has created employment opportunities and uses innovative or creative business methods that demonstrate the potential for long-term business success.
Hector’s parents started Leos Mexican Imports in 1999. In 2003, they were no longer able to manage the business due to family health issues. This is when Hector stepped in, purchased the inventory, and updated the business model to an online store. Since then Hector has expanded Leos Imports’ online presence selling now on multiple marketplaces to many international customers. They also have established a local storefront to serve a regional customer base.
Alejandro Castañon, Certified Business Advisor at the ASU Small Business Development Center stated, “Leos imports has been part of the community for over two decades. As a prominent Hispanic business owner, Hector and his family have demonstrated valuable business acumen through his foresight in the digital e-commerce space.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic stress to the small business community, a physical award presentation will not be held until a later date. The SBA will co-host a free, two-day virtual conference featuring educational workshops and networking during Small Business Week. For more information about the event visit: www.sba.gov