Picture Yourself as our Next Local, State or National Winner

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MEDIA ADVISORY

PITTSBURGH DISTRICT OFFICE

Picture Yourself as our Next Local, State or National Winner

SBA Now Accepting Nominations for its Annual Awards Program

 

WESTERN PA – Entrepreneurs Bill Campbell and Rose Morris each started their small businesses in a garage. Within a dozen years, both won accolades as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s [SBA] Pennsylvania Small Business person of the Year and National Exporter of the Year, respectively. Their unique approaches to solve engineering challenges and produce products for individuals suffering from sleep disorders also sent them to Washington D.C. for SBA’s National Small Business Week, held each May.

Campbell said it was such an honor learning he was selected as Pennsylvania’s Small Business Person of the Year. “I felt very fortunate and respectful to receive such a significant award.”

SBA Western Pennsylvania District Director Dr. Kelly Hunt, who regularly traverses the district’s 27-county footprint, says she’s personally met so many small business owners that should be working with economic development organizations and financial institutions to tout their accomplishments in a Small Business Week nomination package. “It really is such an honor for that entrepreneur who consistently stands out for their innovation, dedication and superior customer and community service.”

2019 entries are due by 3 pm ET, Jan. 9, 2019. All nomination packages must be printed and mailed or hand-delivered to the Western Pennsylvania District Office using approved SBA award forms, which can be found at www.sba.gov/nsbw. The office is accepting nomination packages for the Small Business Person, Exporter and Young Entrepreneur of the Year recipients. New this year is the Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year.

SBA Western Pennsylvania, along with the Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network, is planning a special networking celebration honoring all its winners. For more information, contact Janet Heyl at 412-395-6560 x103 or by email at janet.heyl@sba.gov

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.