VT SBA Accepting Nominations For Annual Small Business Awards

Vermont District Office  - Nov. 15,  2021

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Lawson's Finest Liquids

VT SBA Accepting Nominations For Annual Small Business Awards

The SBA Vermont District Office is accepting nominations for its 2022 small business awards. Previous Vermont winners include Ben and Jerry’s, Mamava and Lawson's Finest Liquids.

These annual awards recognize the achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and Vermont’s economy.

To nominate a Vermont small business, email the name of the business along with the owner’s name and specific award category the company is being nominated for to daniel.monahan@sba.gov. Businesses may self-nominate.

The categories are as follows: 

Small Business Person of the Year 
Criteria: Individual or partners who own a small business, which has increased sales, profits and employees, and have been in business for three years. Business must have received Small Business Administration assistance. 

Exporting Small Business of the Year
Criteria: Small business which has increased sales, profits and/or employees due to exporting and been in business for three years. 

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year 
Criteria: Small business must be family-owned for at least 15 years and ownership has transitioned to another generation. 

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year 
Criteria: Small business at least 51% owned by a veteran of U.S. armed forces, which has been in business for three years. 

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year 
Criteria: Small business at least 51% owned by a woman, which has been in business for three years.

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year 
Criteria: Small business at least 51% owned by an ethnic minority, which has been in business for three years.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 
Criteria: Individual or partners who own a small business, are under 30, and have been in business for three years. 

Microenterprise of the Year 
Criteria: Individual or partners who own a microenterprise with five or less employees, received SBA assistance and have been in business for three years. 

For more information about the awards, call 802-828-4422 or email daniel.monahan@sba.gov.



COVID EIDL Program Deadlines

COVID19 EIDL Application Deadline Dec 31

The deadline for submitting Economic Injury Disaster Loans related to the COVID-19 pandemic is 11:59 PM EST Dec. 31. No new loan applications will be accepted after the December 31 deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The SBA will continue to review loan applications after deadline.

To apply and learn about eligibility requirements, visit www.sba.gov/eidl.



Photo of four people with the following text, SBA Celebrates Veteran-Owned Small Businesses on November 16 at 2 pm ET

Veteran Panel Discussion Nov 16

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration at 2 p.m. Nov 16 for a panel discussion with veteran and military spouse business owners as they share their small business success stories, how they pivoted during the pandemic, and what SBA resources they used to start and grow their businesses.

To register, visit https://sbavets.eventbrite.com.



Small Business Saturday Nov 21

Saturday, November 27, 2021 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by shopping at a small business. 

Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by SBA since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. According to the 2019 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, 70% of U.S. consumers are aware of Small Business Saturday.  

The highly successful team of SBA, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express will be kicking off the 2020 holiday season by encouraging consumers to support our nation’s nearly 32 million independent businesses this  Small Business Saturday  and all holiday season long.

How You Can Participate For shoppers 

For small business owners 

For partner organizations