Every year since 1963, 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. As you might know, 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.
Now through January 3, 2013, SBA Washington Metropolitan District Office is accepting nominations for Small Business Person of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award, and Women’s Business Center of Excellence. Nominations for individuals, businesses, or institutions in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, Arlington, Fairfax or Loudoun counties or the cities of Alexandria or Fairfax in Virginia should be submitted to the Washington Metro Area District Office.
Complete nomination guidelines may be received by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Person of the Year:
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. While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred.
When granting this award, judges will consider the business’ staying power, job creation, sales growth, innovativeness, and contributions to their community, among other criteria.
8(a) Graduate of the Year:
NOTE: Firm does not have to be a small business. Company must have graduated from the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program prior to April 1, 2011. If nominee or nominee’s firm has an SBA loan, payment record must be satisfactory and the loan must be current. 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.) For government contracts, the nominee must have performed satisfactorily on all contracts, and have had no terminations for default.
When granting this award, judges will consider financial growth, job creation, response to adversity, uniqueness, use of other 8(a) or minority-owned firms as suppliers, subcontractors, etc., and contributions to their community, among other criteria.
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award:
This award honors a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Service Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.
Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award:
This award honors a Women’s Business Center (WBC) for its excellence and innovation in assisting women entrepreneurs by providing a wide variety of training and counseling.
Complete nomination guidelines and required forms for submission can be obtained by emailing email@example.com. All submissions must be received by the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office by January 3, 2013.
All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.