Small Business Award Nominations Sought | Deadline: January 3, 2013

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Release Date: Dec. 3, 2012      Contact: Jennifer Pilcher 610-382-3084(o); (610)312-8223(c)

Alternate Contact: Michael Kane (717) 782-3840

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The U. S. Small Business Administration is Accepting Small Business Award Nominations for 2013

National Nomination Deadline: January 3, 2013

Eastern Pennsylvania Nomination Deadline: February 15, 2013


KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – The SBA’s Philadelphia District Office is seeking nominations for its annual Small Business Awards, honoring Eastern Pennsylvania small business, as well as business owners and assistance organizations. At this year’s Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Awards Ceremony in Spring 2013, the District Office will present several awards:


National Awards

·  Small Business Person of the Year

·  8(a) Graduate of the Year

·  Small Business Development Center

·  Excellence and Innovation Award

·  Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award




Eastern Pennsylvania Awards

·  Entrepreneurial Success

·  Small Business Exporter of the Year

·  Family-Owned Business of the Year

·  Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year

·  Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

·  Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

·  Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Nominations for the four national awards must be submitted to the SBA Philadelphia District Office no later than January 3, 2013. Award Nominations may be submitted directly to SBA’s Philadelphia District Office or via SBA’s web portal on


Nominations for the seven eastern Pennsylvania awards must be submitted to the SBA Philadelphia District Office no later than February 15, 2013. Award Nominations may be submitted directly to SBA’s Philadelphia District Office.



“This is a national awards program, and many of the award winners from local and state small business award events are invited to the national celebration of National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.,” said Dave Dickson, SBA Philadelphia District Director. “Both the local and national recognition of award winners through this awards program celebrates the millions of small businesses in America that employ more than half the country’s private work force and generate so many American innovations.”


Locally, award winners from eastern Pennsylvania and their nominators – in both national and local categories – are recognized at a high-profile awards ceremony and networking event, drawing some of the area’s top lenders, economic development organizations and small business people, as well as elected officials and members of the press. Winners in the nationally-recognized categories are recognized in a national award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.


Eastern Pennsylvania’s Small Business Awards is a local observance of the Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is celebrated in Washington, D.C., annually in recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy honoring outstanding small business owners from around the country. It will culminate with the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.


To obtain a 2013 SBA Awards nomination package detailing selection criteria and containing step-by-step nomination instructions, contact the SBA, Attn. Jennifer Pilcher, Small Business Awards Coordinator, 1150 First Avenue, Suite 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19406, call 610-382-3084, or e-mail


 This press release does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA of any opinions, products or services of any private individual or entity. The SBA is an independent federal agency, created in 1953, to assist small businesses start, grow, and prosper.  The SBA provides financial assistance by: (1) making loans to help families and businesses recover from national disasters and (2) providing loan guarantees to commercial financial institutions for working capital (7a loans), buildings/land/equipment (504 loans through the Certified Development Corporations), and for exports.  Through our resource partners, the SBA also offers a variety of business development programs and services such as training, government contracting and export assistance.   SBA resource partners include Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Businesses).  For information on the SBA’s programs and services contact us at 610-382-3062 or