FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 6, 2011
Contact: Susan D. Brandenburg, Publicist, at 904-543-0730
Beaver Street Enterprise Center (A FreshMinistries Initiative)
1225 W. Beaver Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone: (904) 265-4700FAX: (904) 265-4740
ARTHUR J. LEE – 2011 SBA HONOREE Arthur J. Lee is President and CEO of Lee, Wesley & Associates, Inc., Lee Wesley Group, Inc., and Lee Wesley Restaurants, LLC. Owner of three Burger King Franchises in Jacksonville, Florida (Kings Road near Edward Waters College, Downtown at Union and Market Streets, and inside the Jacksonville International Airport), Mr. Lee has been named the SBA’s 2011 Minority Business Champion of the Year. Past winner of the Burger King Brand Leader Award, a distinction awarded to only 18 Burger King Franchises worldwide, and several other local, state and national awards, Mr. Lee modestly notes that the accolades received by his businesses are earned by the people in his Burger Kings who “keep the customers happy, the restaurants clean, and the food hot and fresh.” Mr. Lee notes that he sets the direction, tone and expectations for his food service locations and his team members are the ones who deliver. As an anchor tenant at Beaver Street Enterprise Center for the past five years, Arthur J. Lee has made a commitment to small businesses and entrepreneurship both by the presence of his successful business and by the generous support he provides to fellow tenants as a mentor and financial supporter of workshops and events at the award-winning business incubator. “Beaver Street offers the resources and programs for success,” he says, “but entrepreneurs must attend the programs and then implement what they have learned. Everything is in the implementation.” Lee and seven other small business leaders in Jacksonville will be honored on May 25th at the SBA’s 19th Annual Small Business Week & Lender Awards Celebration at the University of North Florida’s University Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida. For more information on this award ceremony, please visit www.sbdc.unf.edu. “We are extremely proud of the well-deserved honor the SBA has bestowed upon Arthur Lee,” said Jackie Perry, Executive Director of Beaver Street Enterprise Center. “He is and always has been our Champion at Beaver Street.” To schedule an interview with Arthur Lee, please contact him at Lee Wesley Restaurants, LLC, 904-265-0337, or call 904-265-4700. THE BEAVER STREET ENTERPRISE CENTER is a 25,000 square foot professional office facility offering modern workplace amenities for startup and existing small businesses as well as business technical assistance, counseling, mentoring and assistance in marketing and obtaining business financing. The center is geographically positioned to stimulate economic growth in Jacksonville’s northwest neighborhood and is run by nonprofit Core City Business Incubators, Inc. as an initiative of FreshMinistries.