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


SBA South Dakota District Seeks Nominations for Small Business Week 2023

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces the SBA South Dakota District Office is accepting nominations for the 2023 National and South Dakota Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.  Nominations are accepted through December 8, 2022, 3 p.m. CST. The awardees will be honored during national and statewide award ceremonies during National Small Business Week, the first week of May 2023.

Visit the SBA’s dedicated website at to download forms, criteria, and guidelines for submitting a nomination. The South Dakota District Nomination Guidelines and district awards categories can be found on the district’s website at .

The SBA awards given in celebration of Small Business Week include the following categories:


  • Small Business Person of the Year: A business/owner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam will be selected for the State Winner award. The state award winners will compete for the title of National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award.
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery - Mitigation
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards:
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year


  • Small Business Person of the Year (National and District – one nomination required for both)
  • Small Business Exporter (National and District – one nomination required for both)
  • Family-Owned Small Business: Nominees must serve as a majority owner & operator, or hold principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a 15-year positive revenue history that has been passed down through one or more generations.
  • Minority-Owned Small Business: Any individual who qualifies as a minority, is at least 51% owner, and operates a small business with a three-year positive revenue history and a commitment to strengthen minority-owned businesses in the community.
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business: A business that is at least 51% veteran-owned with a positive revenue history and a commitment to strengthen veteran-owned businesses within the community.
  • Woman-Owned Small Business: A business that is at least 51% women-owned with a positive revenue history and a commitment to strengthen woman-owned businesses within the community.
  • Young Entrepreneur -Owned Small Business:  Any individual who serves as majority owner and operates or holds principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three-year positive revenue history, and who will not reach the age of 30 by June 1, 2023.
  • Small Business Champion: An organization/individual selected by the District Director who goes above and beyond as an economic advocate for small business in the State of South Dakota.

“Business owners and economic advocates work diligently throughout the year to ensure we have the goods and services we rely on,” said Jaime Wood, SBA SD District Director. “We have a long line of exceptional business awardees from previous years, and we are eager to continue acknowledging excellence in the business space.  These awards are for business owners and advocates who go the extra mile to make resounding economic and personal impact in their local communities and nationally.”

To obtain additional information on the award nomination process, please contact Michele Arends, SBA SD, at For current SBA SD information, please register for the district e-newsletter at



Natural disasters are not just more devastating, they are also coming faster and more frequently. As we kick off National Preparedness Month, the best course of action to limit damage from disasters is preparing now. Get tips to protect your business and employees.

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The South Dakota District Office Staff Was Out and About!


Rapid City Roundtable



Elevate Rapid City hosted the SBA South Dakota District Office for a roundtable discussion with multiple local small business partners, community leaders and several small business owners led by Jennifer Kim, SBA Associate Administrator Office of Field Operations, from Washington, DC, and Aikta Marcoulier, SBA Region VIII Administrator, from Colorado Springs.


SD CEO West Women's Business Summit



Aikta Marcoulier, SBA Region VIII Administrator from Colorado Springs delivering remarks during  the SOLD OUT 11th Annual Women's Business Summit at The Lodge at Deadwood on August 30.  In addition to members of the South Dakota SBA District Office attending the event, Jennifer Kim, SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Field Operations from Washington, DC, attended the Summit and visited with the some of the 350 attendees.


Members of the U.S. Small Business Administration and SBA Resource Partners Attending the Summit



Left to Right: | Carissa Hauck, Program Coordinator, SD CEO West Women's Business Center,| Sadie Swier, Director, SD CEO East Women's Business Center, Jaime Wood, District Director, South Dakota SBA District Office, Jennifer Kim, SBA Associate Administrator for Field Operations, Aikta Marcoulier, Region VIII SBA Administrator, Julie Hinker, Veterans Business Specialist, VBOC of the Dakotas, Michelle Kane, Director, SD CEO West, Michele Arends, Economic Development Specialist, SBA, Pam Selberg, Senior Area Manager, SBA, and Bailey Sadowsky, Marketing Specialist, SD CEO West.


Simpsons Printing



Left to Right:  Daniel Simpson, President & CEO, Jaime Wood, Jonathan Simpson, Vice President, Aikta Marcoulier, Fran White and Kathy Simpson, Client Relations.

Aikta Marcoulier, SBA Region VIII Administrator, and Jaime Wood, SD District Director, along with Fran White, Loan Officer, Black Hills Community Economic Development, visited Simpsons Printing in Rapid City. Three generations have built a thriving family business designing, printing and distributing various communications related products across the upper mid-west since 1965. The company has a long history with SBA starting with disaster assistance as a result of the1972 flood, using the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and disaster assistance during the recent pandemic and utilizing the SBA 504 loan program for expanding to a location in Wyoming. The family was also named the SBA South Dakota Family-Owned Small Business of the Year for South Dakota and Region VIII in 2008.


Illustration of a business with the SBA logo and the following text, Save the Date, National Veterans Small Business Week, 10/31-11/ 4/2022.


We’re excited to announce that this year’s National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) will take place on October 31-November 4!  Each year the SBA during NVSBW celebrates, connects, and empowers service member, veteran, National Guard and Reserve, and military spouse entrepreneurs all week long. This year marks the ninth annual NVSBW.


SBA Upcoming Events 

Twitter Space Thursday, September 8 at 2pm ET  Q&A: How to prepare your business for disasters  Hosted by @SBAgov on Twitter Spaces  @SBAgov


Join SBA, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, FORTIFIED Home and Insurance Information Institute for a Twitter space on disaster preparedness tips on September 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET. We'll be sharing resources to help keep your business and employees safe when disasJter strikes. To join, click on the Twitter Space link.



Doing Business with the States of MN, ND, SD

Tuesday, September 13, 2022                                  9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CDT

This workshop will provide an overview and details about contracting with the states of Minnesota, North and South Dakota. Topics to be covered include an overview of each state’s purchasing practices, where the dollars come from, how the dollars can be spent, how to get registered as a vendor, where to find business opportunities, and what the state expects of its contractors.



government contracting


Are you a small business owner in the federal government marketplace? Join SBA's Mentor-Protégé Program Community of Practice webinar on September 15, 2022 to learn about joint ventures, how to meet your business development needs & avoid protests, and much more.



Resource Partner News & Upcoming Events




South Dakota Manufacturing Summit

September 8, 2022 | Watertown

Our annual conference for South Dakota's manufacturers is only a month away! From a keynote focusing on a continuous improvement mindset with company culture to breakout sessions including topics like automation, quality, cybersecurity, productivity, intellectual property, expansion, and workforce development, there's something for every manufacturer at the Summit.

This year will also feature tours of Lake Area Tech's robotics lab and the opportunity to network with students in manufacturing-related programs from around the state. We're excited for another great summit and can't wait to see you there!






Join SD CEO West for their Women In Networking (WIN) Luncheon on September 13th, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at Miller Creek Pub in Spearfish.  Yes, you saw that right! WIN is 90 minutes and starts at a new time.  Connect with the inspirational women in your community to motivate you on your business, career, or personal journey.

Registration and payment by Friday, Sept. 9th, at midnight is required. Seating is limited. We will not be accepting walk-ins. 

WIN connects women, familiarizes participants with other businesses and/or upcoming events, and supports the SD CEO Women's Business Center. 





Join SD CEO West for their September Women In Networking (WIN) Rapid City Luncheon on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at The Rushmore Hotel & Suites in Rapid City. That's right! Please, note that this luncheon is 90 minutes long. The luncheon will be starting at 11:30 AM, and registration opens at 11:00 AM. 

Connect with the inspirational women in your community to motivate you on your business, career, or personal journey. Wherever you are in your journey, the women of WIN are here to help you succeed. Together, we can accomplish incredible feats!

Registration and payment by Friday, September 16th, at midnight is required. Seating is limited. Sorry, no walk-ins!





Have you thought of the government market sector? 

Are you considering government as a business opportunity?  

Join the South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota PTAC teams, on September 21 at 9 am CDT, as they outline what a business needs to have in place before contracting, explore why you may consider the government market sector and what it takes to be successful in this market. 

Learn More and Register




Global Entry Mobile Enrollment Event by US Customs and Border Protection 

 Tuesday through Thursday, September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd 2022

To all international travelers, South Dakota’s International Trade Center is pleased to announce its hosting of the "Global Entry" registration and interview event to take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!  TSA Pre® Eligibility Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

The benefits of having "Global Entry":

  •   Expedited Processing Lines
  • No Paperwork
  • Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries if applicable
  • Available at major U.S. airports
  • Reduced Wait Times

For more information about this event call Rock Nelson – Director of South Dakota’s International Trade Center (605)-941-6696 or Rock at




Join SD CEO East Women's Business Center for the Inaugural Women's Visionary Summit on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 starting at 8:00am, Washington Pavilion, Mary W. Sommervold Hall, Sioux Falls.

At the first annual summit for SD CEO East, attendees should expect a morning full of entrepreneurial spirited speakers motiving the surrounding community to Aspire. Adapt. Achieve. 





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