SBA Now Accepting 2019 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

“This is a great opportunity to recognize those small businesses that have contributed significantly to their local communities, developed creative products or made advances with innovative technologies,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said.

“A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement. I encourage you to visit our dedicated website www.sba.gov/nsbw to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. I look forward to your nomination and wish you the best of luck.”

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019 include the following:

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Small Business Person of the Year
(One from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam)
Small Business Exporter of the Year
Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
Federal Procurement Awards
Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
8(a) Graduate of the Year
Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
Small Business Investment Company of the Year
Awards to SBA Resource Partners
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award

“Every year the SBA sets aside one week to recognize the extraordinary contributions small business owners and entrepreneurs make to our economy,” said SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo. “As we continue with this tradition in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, I encourage the public to nominate local small business owners for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, and to honor their dedicated efforts, perseverance and commitment to their communities.”

All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2019. All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the nearest SBA Office. Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII).

For more information, contact SBA Public Affairs Officer Angelique Adjutant at [email protected]

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