National Small Business Week Award Nominations Are Open!

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SBA Invites America’s Small Businesses to Share Their Story

Award Nominations Are Now Open!


The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the inspiring achievements of America’s small businesses and the countless contributions they make to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

“We are proud to recognize the small business owners that have made it their mission to support their communities and drive the entrepreneurial spirit forward,” SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton said. “A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement. Please take a moment to visit to nominate a deserving small business owner in your area. I wish all of our nation’s small businesses the best of luck and look forward to their nomination.”

The SBA’s Los Angeles District Office serves almost 300,000 business entities, we’ve always stood out as a hub for small business success and boast one of the top startup ecosystems in the world. We believe it is necessary to create and develop an environment for small businesses to thrive, and we are committed to doing so. We also believe it is necessary to celebrate the achievements of the entrepreneurs and small business owners that have succeeded, and the partners that helped it happen. The National Small Business Week Awards do just that. 

Help us celebrate the vibrant entrepreneurs and small business advocates in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties by submitting a National Small Business Week Awards Nomination today!

Nomination packages and required materials are available on the Los Angeles District Office website here

Please note that we cannot accept electronic submissions and that the forms must be mailed or physically delivered NO LATER than 12pm PST on January 7, 2020 to the Los Angeles District Office (LADO). 

Please contact Julia Giarmoleo at with any questions or to coordinate physical delivery of nomination packages. 

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week from May 3-9, 2020 include the following:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
    • One 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
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards:
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • District Office Award

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, or if we can be of any assistance by emailing, or calling 213-634-3855.