William R. Jones, CEO of Solar Manufacturing, won the 2010 Eastern Pennsylvania and Region 3 Small Business Exporter of the Year awards. The Small Business Association’s (SBA’s) Philadelphia district office made the announcement May 3. Solar Manufacturing, based in Souderton, Pa., manufactures vacuum furnace systems. The Small Business Exporter of the Year award is presented on a district, regional and national level. District 3 consists of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

“Every year, the SBA’s Philadelphia district office awards the Small Business Exporter of the Year to an individual who uses creative overseas marketing strategies and effective solutions to export-related problems to grow their business,” said Dave Dickson, SBA’s Philadelphia district director. Jones was nominated for the award by Patricia J. Kratz, vice president of Univest National Bank and Trust Co.