Small Business Award Nominations Now Open


Illinois District Office - November 2021

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SBA Announces Call for Nominations for 2022 National Small Business Week Awards

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards. The NSBW Awards recognize the achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and our nation’s economy.

All nominations should be submitted electronically by 2 p.m. CT on January 11, 2022. The awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards ceremony in the first week of May 2022.

Nomination process 

Complete a Nomination Form 

Please complete and submit a nomination form and all required documents for each award category. Review the National Small Business Week Award Nominations Guidelines and requirements to ensure the business qualifies. 

Nomination Forms

Submit the Nomination Form and other required documents to the corresponding office. 

Review the award categories and the office where the nomination form and other required materials should be uploaded to.


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Small Business Person of the Year
Exporter of the Year
8(A) Graduate of the Year

Women's Business Center of the Year

Small Business Development Center of the Year

Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
Federal Procurement Awards
Awards to SBA Resource Partners
Small Business Investment Company of  the Year  

Submission Instructions

Timeline and next steps

The Small Business Awards will be notified ahead of National Small Business Week which will take place in May 2022. During NSBW, the winners will be celebrated and honored with local and national SBA events.

January 11, 2 p.m. CT Award Nominations Due                                                                           
March 2022 Winners Announced                                                                    
May 2022

Small Business Week                                   

National Small Business Week Awards Nomination Training

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Join the Illinois District Office for an overview of the National Small Business Week Awards nomination process. Wednesday, November 24, 10:00 a.m. CT


COVID EIDL Application Deadline December 31, 2021


The COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program ends on Dec. 31, 2021. Businesses owners, non-profits, and other eligible entities must have applied or requested an increase by 10:59 pm CT that day to be considered for the program. 

COVID EIDL Program Highlights

The SBA recently made program enhancements to support businesses throughout the COVID-19 economic disruptions.  

  • Lending Cap: The lending cap for the COVID EIDL program was lifted from $500,000 to $2 million. Loan funds can be used for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and paying debt.
  • Deferred Payment Period: Loan payments are deferred for 24 months after loan origination.
  • Expanded Eligible Use of Funds: COVID EIDL funds are now eligible to prepay commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt.
  • Simplification of affiliation requirements: The SBA has established more simplified affiliation requirements to model those of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

For more information about COVID EIDL, visit the SBA website.

Upcoming COVID EIDL Illinois District Office Hours

Join the SBA's Illinois District Office to learn about the changes to the COVID EIDL program and how to navigate the application and reconsideration process. The final date to apply to the COVID EIDL program is December 31, 2021. 

Stay updated

Visit for updates on the loan programs, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

If you have questions about your already submitted COVID EIDL application, contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 833-853-5638 or

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