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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 Illinois District Office is accepting nominations for the 2023 National Small Week Awards for businesses and organizations throughout the entire state of Illinois, including the Annual Small Business Person of the Year Award.  Visit SBA's dedicated website at www.sba.gov/nsbw  to download forms, criteria, and guidelines for submitting a national nomination. 

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

  • Small Business Person of the Year (National and District)
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year ( National and District)
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year (National and District)

The Illinois District Office must receive all nominations by electronic submission ONLY to the District's Box account found at www.sba.gov/nsbw-ILL no later than 3 pm EST on December 8, 2022.

To obtain additional information, please contact Mark Ferguson at  mark.ferguson@sba.gov 

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. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week in May 2023.

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