PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is soliciting nominations for the 2014 Small Business Week Awards. Every year since 1963, the President has called for the nationwide celebration of Small Business Week to acknowledge the significant contributions of small businesses to the national economy and society.
“Right here in Oregon, we have more than 335,000 small businesses that open their doors daily – providing employment, high quality products, and services to customers both here and in foreign countries,” said District Director Camron Doss.
“Small Business Week Awards give us the chance to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our local small businesses and to showcase the impact these businesses have on the community,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “We also award the community organizations, advocates and champions who support, aid and provide the technical assistance small businesses need to start, grow and be successful.”
The awards categories for which nominations may be submitted are:
- Small Business Person of the Year: A small business owner or entrepreneur, who has developed an outstanding, growing business, has overcome adversity, designed an innovative product(s), created jobs, increased sales and profits, and contributed to the community.
- 8(a) Program Graduate of the Year: A formerly certified 8(a) business participant that has been graduated from the 8(a) program for at least a year as of April 1, 2013. The firm does not have to currently be a small business, but must show growth, uniqueness and participation in community projects.
- Small Business Exporter of the Year: A small business owner who has significantly increased export sales and has encouraged other firms to export, increased employment through exports, and used innovative methods to create markets abroad.
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year: To be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2014.
- Family-Owned Business of the Year: Family owned and operated small business which has been passed on from one generation to another. Nominees must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating the business with at least a 15-year track record.
- Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award: A Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that shows excellence in providing value to small businesses by advancing program delivery and management through innovation.
- Small Business Champion Award: Champions are persons who use their professional expertise and talents in activities that promote small business. These pursuits include volunteering their time and services to small business interests, participating in small business group and advocating the cause of small business in the legislative process.
Nominations will be judged on staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, improved financial position, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity, and contributions to the community.
For more information and a simplified nomination form visit the Portland District Office’s website at sba.gov/OR.