Houston District Accepting Small Business Award Nominations

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SBA Houston District Office

Nominations are due January 3, 2013.

There's still time to nominate a small business or champion.  

The U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office is accepting nominations for SBA’s 2013 National Small Business Week awards.  “For the past 49 years, the President has designated a week as National Small Business Week and we will be saluting the achievements of the nation’s top small businesses in this process.  I encourage you to participate by nominating an outstanding small business owner and/or small business champion from your community,” said Manuel Gonzalez, SBA Houston District Director. 

The Small Business Week Nomination Guidelines can be found on the Houston District webpage at www.sba.gov/tx/houston.  District nomination packages must be submitted to the SBA Houston District Office, Attn: Russell Hughes, 8701 S. Gessner, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77074.

Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year
  • Home-Based Champion of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Women In Business Champion of the Year

Nominees for these awards should fit the following criteria:

Small Business Person of the Year: The Houston 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 will advance for further competition at the regional level and the regional winner will advance to 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.

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.

Contacts:     

Russell Hughes: 713-773-6527, Russell.Hughes@sba.gov

Valerie Nguyen: 713-773-6516, Valerie.Nguyen@sba.gov