Connecticut Seeks Small Business Week Award Winners

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SBA Connecticut District Office

Nominate a Small Business for 2013!

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Recognizing small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Connecticut District Office is seeking successful and inspiring entrepreneurs to represent the District during the 2013 National Small Business Awards event hosted by the SBA and CT Small Business/Key to the Future. 

Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
1. Connecticut District Small Business Person of the Year
2. Small Business Exporter of the Year
3. SBA Young Entrepreneurs of the Year
4. Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
5. Entrepreneurial Success Award
6. Financial Services Champion of the Year
7. Home-Based Business Champion of the Year
8. Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
9. Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
10. Women in Business Champion of the Year

Nominees for these awards should fit the following criteria:
Small Business Person of the Year: TheConnecticut District Small Business Person of the Year will be selected based on staying power as evidenced by a minimum three years in business, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity and contributions to community-oriented projects.   The winner will compete for the Regional Small Business Person of the Year, and the winner of that competition will compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award.
Small Business Exporter of the Year:  An individual who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting.
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 30 by June 1, 2013.
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year:  This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to the next.  The owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility with at least a 15-year track record.
Entrepreneurial Success Award:  Individuals must own and operate businesses initially launched as small according to SBA size standards and subsequently developed into large businesses; and they must have received SBA assistance to help the business grow.

The following Champion award nominees may or not be small business owners:
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. 
Home-Based Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has experienced the rewards and difficulties of owning a home-based business and has volunteered to improve the climate for these businesses may be nominated.
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for minority business owners. 
Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be veterans.
Women in Business Champion of the Year:  An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership may be nominated.


For more information call 860-240-4654 or email at moraima.gutierrez@sba.gov. Additional information about nominations can be found at: http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/2013%20Award%20Categories%20&%20Nomination%20Packet%20Requirements.pdf. Nomination deadine is Jan. 3rd, 2013.