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New Hampshire District Office - September 1, 2022 

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Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.

The 2023 National Small Business Week Nomination Process has Begun!

Concord, NH - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) NH District Office is proud to announce we are now accepting nominations for its 2023 National and NH Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. For over 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. 

We know there are many businesses and partners throughout New Hampshire that are deserving of this prestigious recognition. If you or someone you know has an inspiring small business success story to tell, submit a nomination!

All nominations must be submitted electronically no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on December 8, 2022.  Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week in May 2023.

Lets honor those entrepreneurs that have inspired all of us this past year! Who do you know that should be recognized for 2023 National Small Business Week? #NSBW

Read National Press Release HERE

The SBA Awards given in celebration of National and District Small Business Week include the following awards:

Small Business Person of the Year Award: Nominees must bear principal responsibility for operating a small business for a minimum of three years prior to being nominated and demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities. 

Small Business Exporter of the Year: SBA’s Small Business Exporter of the Year recognizes individuals for their success and dedication to exporting products or services. Nominees will be evaluated on:

  • Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting
  • Creative overseas marketing strategies, exporting history, and current export markets
  • Effective solutions to export-related problems, including trade financing, payment, and currency issues, market-entry and logistical challenges, cultural differences, etc.
  • Effective use of Federal and/or State government trade promotion or financing programs. 

New Hampshire District Office Awards: 

Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business of the Year:  Any small business that is family-owned and operated, with a 15-year track record that has been passed on from at least one generation to another. 

Minority Small Business Owner:  Any individual who qualifies as a minority and who owns at least 51% and operates a small business may be nominated.

Veteran Small Business Owner:  Any individual(s) who owns at least 51% and operates a small business and is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated.  

Woman Small Business Owner:  Any woman/women who owns at least 51% and operates a small business may be nominated. 

Microenterprise:  Any individual(s) who founded, owns, and operates a business with 5 or fewer employees (including the owner). 

Young Entrepreneur: Any individual(s), under the age of 30 by June 1st 2023, who owns at least 51% and operates a small business may be nominated.

Small Business Manufacturer: Any small business manufacturer may be nominated. Highlighting demonstrated creativity and/or commitment to a social mission, buying local, etc.

Homebased Business Owner: Any small business operated out of a home office location may be nominated.

Financial Services Champion: Any Individual who assists small businesses through advocacy to increase usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services. Nominee must respond to the following criteria and submit an SBA Form 3300. Criteria includes the amount and quality of assistance given small businesses in obtaining financing outside of regular business duties; advocacy of changes in the financial services industry to assist small firms; encouragement of the flow of investment capital to small ventures; active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small firms; and other significant contributions made by the nominee through financial services or accounting industry to advance small business interests.

“We are excited to announce our office is now accepting nominations for SBA’s 2023 Small Business Week awards. We know there are many businesses and partners throughout New Hampshire that are deserving of this prestigious recognition,” said Amy Bassett, NH SBA District Director.   “During our annual celebration which will take place in May of 2023, we will have the opportunity to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs who work every day to grow their small businesses, create jobs and drive innovation”. 

To be nominated and receive one of the following awards, the nominee must fit within the category of the award, have a three-year track record, have received at least one type of SBA assistance such as 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, growth in number of employees, and increase in sales over 3 years (2019, 2020, 2021). A complete nomination package will require a completed background form (SBA Form 3300) and the SBA District Office Award Form (SBA Form 3315), both found at www.sba.gov/nsbw

All nominations must be received by the NH District office (by electronic submission ONLY) to the district office BOX account  no later than 3:00 p.m. on December 8th, 2022*Incomplete packages will not be accepted.

To obtain information please contact Cheryl Croto- Cheryl.croto@sba.gov or call 603-892-8901



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