Nominate an entrepreneur for Small Business Person of the Year


Illinois District Office - January 2022

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Nominations for Small Business Awards Due January 11

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 National Small Business Week (NSBW) Awards. 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 May 2022.

Get your nominations in for Small Business Person of the Year! 

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. Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities. 

Small Business Person of the Year Guidelines

  • Any legal resident of the United States or its Territories who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business for a minimum of three years may be nominated; and
  • Individuals who have received at least one type of SBA assistance such as, but not limited to, an SBA loan, SCORE counseling, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assistance, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) assistance, Women’s Business Center (WBC) assistance, government contracting assistance, disaster assistance, Emerging Leaders Initiative, or Boots to Business training.

Review the nomination guidelines form for more details.

Nominations Checklist

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

  1. A completed background form
  2. A completed nomination form
  3. A digital photo of the nominee – at least 300 dpi is required
  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.
  5. Upload all documents here by Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 2 p.m. CT.

Timeline and next steps

After you have uploaded all of your materials, the SBA may contact you for additional information if needed. The winners 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.

More NSBW award categories

The SBA is also accepting nominations for 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Small Business Development Center of the Year, Women's Business Center of the Year, and more. For more information on the nomination process for those categories, please visit or contact us at

Learn how to submit a nomination package

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Attend NSBW nomination training today!

Do you want to nominate an entrepreneur for the 2022 National Small Business Week Awards? Attend our virtual training to learn how to submit a nomination package. Register to reserve your spot. Wednesday, January 5, 3:30 p.m.


Nominations must be submitted by January 11, 2022 by 2 p.m. CT.

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