Raleigh design firm CEO wins Small Business Administration honors


RALEIGH – The chief executive of a Raleigh design firm has won top honors from the US Small Business Administration.

Kristen M. Hessfounder and CEO of H.H Architecture, was named North Carolina Small Business of the Year.

Since its launch in 2005, Hess has spearheaded landmark projects across the state, including the North Carolina State Farmers’ Market Master Plan, North Carolina Zoological Park expansion, and the Science Center Steve Troxler for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“I’m thrilled,” said Hess, who was honored at an in-person ceremony at the Steve Troxler Agricultural Science Center on Tuesday, part of National Small Business Week.

“This is not only a wonderful reminder of the core values ​​that I strive to embody, but a testament to my commitment to serve, mentor and meet the needs of the people and communities of North Carolina.

HH Architecture describes itself as a full-service design and architecture firm with clients in “both public and private sectors.” It designs spaces for discovery, well-being, leisure and civic service that are “flexible, sustainable and adaptable”, she specifies in the press release.

On her LinkedIn page, Hess said she knew she needed a hands-on approach to every project when she started the company.

“After 17 years of growth, our team continues to provide the same level of service as when we started, while delivering impactful and thoughtful design,” she wrote.

In addition to her work at the company, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber, the Governor’s Council on Historically Underutilized Businesses, as well as the Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Board of Directors. pines.

SBA winners from each of the nation’s 50 states will be officially recognized at the National Small Business Week (NSBW) awards ceremony on May 5.

Since 1963, NSBW has recognized the contributions of American entrepreneurs and small business owners.

According to the SBA, more than half of Americans own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of three new jobs in the United States each year. Since

“Entrepreneurs are grassroots innovators and creators, delivering the products and services we depend on and making our neighborhoods, towns and cities more vibrant places to live and work,” said Isabella Casillas Guzman, Chief SBA. “They are giving it their all to achieve their American dream of business ownership and in doing so, advance the American economy and global competitiveness.”


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