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Massachusetts District Office  

u s small business administration

ONE WEEK LEFT FOR YOUR
AWARD SUBMISSION

Upload a completed package by 3PM TUESDAY, JANUARY 11th to be considered the next
Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year!

 

Illustration of a trophy with the following text, 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. Visit sba.gov/nsbw

 

Small Business Person of the Year


Nominees from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will compete for the title of the National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award.

Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities. Previous award winners include Superstition Meadery, Landmark Pest Management, Maui Brewing Company, Equator Coffee & Teas, Pacifica, and Missouri Star Quilt Company.

 

Massachusetts District & New England Regional Awards


In addition, the MA District Office also names winners in the local awards categories below.  State winners then go on to compete for the region. 

Do you have an amazing comeback story to share? Submit a package by 1/11
If you know of a business, nominate them, email: norman.eng@sba.gov 

  • Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business
  • Minority Small Business Owner
  • Veteran Small Business Owner
  • Woman Small Business Owner
  • Microenterprise
  • Young Entrepreneur (30 or under on June 1st 2022)
  • Small Business Manufacturer
  • Homebased Business Champion
  • Financial Services Champion

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please be advised that there are separate requirements for the SBPOY award and the  local awards.  Below are requirements for the SBPOY and Woman Owned categories for you to review. 

Review the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for each of the award categories carefully and be sure to follow the directions before you upload your package.  

All nominations must be submitted electronically to the MA district office BOX ACCOUNT HERE by: 3:00 P.M. on January 11, 2022.

 

Questions: norman.eng@sba.gov


Small Business Person of the Year


Nominees from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will compete for the title of the National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award. Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities. Previous award winners include Superstition Meadery, Landmark Pest Management, Maui Brewing Company, Equator Coffee & Teas, Pacifica, and Missouri Star Quilt Company.

What information must the nomination package contain?
Nominations must contain the information below. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

1) A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nominee Background Form) which is available at www.sba.gov/nsbw. For “team” nominations, a background form is required for each team member;

2) A completed nomination form (SBA Form 3301, Small Business Person of the Year) which is available at www.sba.gov/nsbw;

3) An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi is required; photocopies are not acceptable. For “team” nominations, a photo of each nominee or group photo is acceptable; and

4) Additional supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation, nomination letter (if not self-nominated), and other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination. Supporting documentation may not exceed 10 pages. Videos will not be considered.

What are the evaluation/selection criteria?
In evaluating the nomination packages, the judges will look at the following criteria:
1) Staying power — a substantiated history as an established business; including but not limited to expansion, exporting, addition of territories, or growth in square footage occupied;

2) Growth in number of employees — Increases over the three years must be in excess of growth in Gross Domestic Product as determined by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov);

3) Increase in sales, net profit, and net worth for the three prior calendar years, that is, 2017, 2018 and 2019;

4) Response to adversity — examples of problems faced in the nominee’s business and the methods used to solve them; and

5) Contributions to community-oriented projects — evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources towards community-oriented projects.


WOMAN SMALL BUSINESS OWNER


Any woman/women who owns at least 51% and operates a small business may be nominated.

Nominee must respond to the following criteria via SBA Form 3315 and provide a brief narrative paragraph responding to elements 6 and 7. (include a signed Photo Release form)

  1. Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business; including but not limited to expansion, exporting, addition of territories, or growth in square footage occupied.
  2. Growth in number of employees over the last 3 years (2017, 2018 and 2019).
  3. Increase in sales, net profit, and net worth for calendar years 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  4. Innovativeness of product or service offered – Explanation of how the product or service fits a niche not being adequately addressed by the competition.
  5. Contributions to community-oriented projects – evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources
  6. Response to adversity – examples of problems faced in the nominee’s business and the methods used to solve them.
  7. Volunteer efforts to advance woman business interests within the community

 

Questions: norman.eng@sba.gov

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


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