Connecticut's 2013 Small Business Week Awards Nomination

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SBA Connecticut District Office

SBW 2012

Nominate an Entrepreneur for Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year 2013!!

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Connecticut District Office is seeking nominations for the 2013 Small Business Week Awards.

Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week. The highlight of Small Business Week activities is the presentation of awards at the state and national levels.  The 2013 Small Business Week celebration, to be observed May 2013, will honor the small business community's many contributions to the American economy and society.  

During the celebration, a national winner is selected from state winners from across the country. The 2013 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year will attend the national celebration in Washington, DC to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Small Business Person of the Year Award - any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business may be nominated.  Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four.  A nominee for Small Business Person of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards. Individuals who have received the Small Business Person Award at the State level within the past five years are not eligible.  Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws.  While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred.

 
Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business - this award honors a family owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to the next. The owners must serve as a majority owner and operator and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with at a least 15-year track record.

SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year - to be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 35 by June 1, 2013.

Entrepreneurial Success - must be an individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a business. Partners who jointly own and operate a business may be nominated as a "team," so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four. A nominee for this award must own or operate a business that initially was defined as "small" under the applicable SBA size standards, developed into a large business and must have received SBA assistance to help the business grow.

Microenterprise of the Year - any individual who founded, or owns and operates a microenterprise which received SBA assistance (through SBA loan programs or as a client of our technical service providers) may be nominated. Microenterprise is defined as any small business with five or fewer employees including the owners.

Small Business Exporter of the Year  - any individual who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting may be nominated.

Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year - a U.S. Armed Forces veteran who serves as majority owner for a small business with at least a three year track record may be nominated. 

Minority Owned Small Business of the Year - any ethnic minority who seves as majority owner for a small business with at least a three year track record may be nominated.

Woman Owned Small Business of the Year - any woman who serves as majority owner for a small business with at least a three year track record may be nominated.

Financial Services Champion of the Year - an individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services for small businesses may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.

8(a) Graduate of the Year Award - must be formerly certified 8(a) business participants that were graduated from the 8(a) program for at least a year as of April 1, 2012. The firm does not have to currently be a small business. Companies and/or their principal owner(s) must not appear on the suspended or debarred list as published by GSA. (Check online at www.epls.gov.) Businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. For government contracts, the nominee must have performed satisfactorily on all contracts, and have had no terminations for default If nominee or nominee’s firm has an SBA loan, payment record must be satisfactory and the loan must be current. 8(a) graduate must have been out of the program for at least one year as of April 1, 2012.
NOTE: Firm does not have to be a small business.

All nominations for the awards above must be postmarked or hand delivered to the appropriate SBA District Office no later than January 3, 2013. 

Nominations guidelines will be available at www.sba.gov/ct. To nominate, you may submit your nominations to Moraima Gutierrez via e-mail at moraima.gutierrez@sba.gov or call (860) 240-4654. 

Stay tuned for additional  2013 Connecticut Small Business Week information.....