Local Business Owner Named Florida’s Small Business Person of the Year, Recognized Nationally

Ryan Carter of Scotlynn USA Division Inc. selected as small business person of the year for Florida by U.S. Small Business Administration. Awardees nationwide to be honored virtually during National Small Business Week, Sept. 22 to 24

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sept. 22, 2020 – Ryan Carter, executive vice president and co-founder of Scotlynn USA Division Inc., has been selected as Florida’s Small Business Person of the Year for 2020 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Honorees from across the country will be recognized during a virtual event on Sept. 22 as part of National Small Business Week.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Carter holds a degree in economics and has more than 10 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. At the age of just 26, he co-founded the American division of Scotlynn, a logistics and transportation company headquartered in Canada, in Fort Myers, FL. Carter remains at the head of the company as its executive vice president and has grown the operation into an enterprise specializing in transporting refrigerated produce. Today, Scotlynn has four offices in the U.S. and about 275 employees.  

Previously, Carter was also recognized as the 2019 SBDC Entrepreneur of the Year for the five-county area that makes up Southwest Florida.

“I am very honored and humbled to be recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year winner for the state of Florida. We have an incredible amount of highly qualified and very successful small business owners, so to be this year’s recipient is really something special,” said Carter.

Each year, the SBA celebrates National Small Business Week by recognizing outstanding small business owners and entrepreneurs’ achievements nationwide. Ahead of National Small Business Week, the SBA announced more than 50 exceptional small business owners and entrepreneurs from across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam as this year’s Small Business Persons of the Year winners. The virtual National Small Business Week, rescheduled from May due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will be held Sept. 22 to 24.

In addition to awardee recognitions, National Small Business Week will include a free, three-day virtual conference featuring educational workshops and networking co-hosted by the SBA. Recognition and educational seminars will also be held throughout the SBA’s 10 regions and 68 districts during the week. 

To get involved in the National Small Business Week activities and to see all the 2020 awardees, visit http://www.sba.gov/nsbw.

For more information about Scotlynn USA Division Inc., visit https://www.scotlynn.com/ or call (239) 210-3000.


Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Scotlynn Group is a multinational transportation and agricultural group with locations across North America. Operating more than 500 pieces of equipment, Scotlynn specializes in providing temperature-controlled transportation to manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors throughout North America.

In 2010, Scotlynn expanded its North American footprint by opening its first USA office in Fort Myers, FL. The USA Division is home to its U.S. fleet of trucks, freight brokerage, and serves as one of the fresh produce sales offices. Today, Scotlynn USA Division is one of the fastest-growing perishable logistics providers in the United States, specializing in handling refrigerated shipments with a focus on unparalleled service. For more information about Scotlynn, visit https://www.scotlynn.com/.


For more than 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.


The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

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