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In recognition of how vital small businesses are to local economies, the City of Los Angeles and Small Business Administration (SBA) Resource Partners awarded John Pictaggi, owner of National Glass, an Outstanding Small Business Award at City Hall on May 1.

The award came at the nomination of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons.

“Congratulations to John Pictaggi and National Glass for their continued commitment to the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Catherine Grooms, COC SBDC Director. “We are proud to work with them over the years, as they positively impact the economy through job creation and retention.”

As the second-generation owner of National Glass, Pictaggi has worked with COC SBDC for the past three years on ways to continue the family business, diversify the customer base, and leverage areas of expertise.

“Their contribution has been invaluable,” said Pictaggi. “As a small business owner, you don’t have a lot of money to afford a team of business consultants, but they allow you to have that vital input. It really makes a difference to have that seasoned business perspective.”

Located in Newhall since 1967, National Glass is a licensed glass and glazing contractor that focuses on residential and commercial projects.

The SBDC is the SBA’s largest service program and provides high-quality business and economic development assistance to small businesses owners and entrepreneurs.

SBDC locations provide one-on-one professional business consulting at no cost. Training is offered at no cost or low cost to entrepreneurs, and both existing and new businesses.

For more information about the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons, please visit http://cocsbdc.org.

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