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Kristen M. Hess Selected as Small Business Person of the Year for North Carolina by U.S. Small Business Administration

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Kristen and other award winners from across the U.S. to be honored during National Small Business Week: “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship” May 2-6, 2022.

Raleigh, NC, May 2, 2022 – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners – over 50 outstanding small business owners and entrepreneurs from across the United States.

Kristen M. Hess, Principal and CEO of HH Architecture has been selected as North Carolina’s Small Business Person of the Year for her outstanding achievements as a small business owner. This year’s award highlights the resilience, ingenuity, and creativity many small business owners relied on to navigate the pandemic and our nation’s economic comeback.

“I am honored and elated to have been selected for this prestigious award,” said Principal and CEO, Kristen M. Hess. “Being named the SBA North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year is not only a wonderful reminder of the core values that I strive to embody, but a testament of my commitment to serving, mentoring, and addressing the needs of North Carolina’s people and communities.”

HH Architecture is a proud member of the small business community in the Research Triangle region and 32.5 million small businesses across the United States. Kristen has worked on major landmark projects across the state including the North Carolina State Farmers Market Master Plan, the expansion of the North Carolina Zoological Park, and the new state-of-the-art Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center for the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

On Tuesday, May 3 at 10am, Kristen will be honored during an in-person and virtual ceremony for her award. You can register for the ceremony here or attend in-person at the Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center at 4400 Reedy Creek Rd. in Raleigh, room A300A. Kristen is available for interviews upon request.

About HH Architecture: Founded in 2005 and based in Raleigh, NC, HH Architecture is a full-service design and architecture firm with clients in the public and private sectors. HH Architecture designs spaces for discovery, wellness, recreation and civic service that are flexible, durable and adaptable. Visit

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