SBA Introduces New Online Portal for 2013 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations
WASHINGTON – A new online portal has been launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration to accept nominations for its 2013 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.
The dedicated web portal, accessible at http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/, will make it easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for Small Business Week 2013, and is now actively accepting nominations of noteworthy small businesses.
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. In 2013, the 50th year celebration will honor the nation’s 27 million small businesses.
SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week include the following awards:
· National Small Business Person of the Year (chosen from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam)
· Small Business Exporter of the Year
SBA will make the Small Business Exporter of the Year award to eligible small businesses at the district level (in multi-district states), the state level (from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam), the regional level and the national level. Nomination packages for each state winner will be sent to the appropriate regional SBA office and prepared for transmittal to the SBA’s Office of International Trade for review. The national winner will be selected by the SBA Administrator based on the recommendations of the Agency’s Office of International Trade-assembled panel of judges. The national winner will be announced in May 2013 during World Trade month.
· Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)
· Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
· Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
· The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
· SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) contracting program)
· Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers)
· Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations of SBA-funded WBCs)
· Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award (nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers)
In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA District Offices, which can be located online at http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-list/2. All nominations must be submitted or postmarked to the SBA by January 31, 2013. Winners of the Small Business Person of the Year awards and winners in the other award categories will be invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for national titles and to attend National Small Business Week events in 2013.