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South Carolina District Office
1835 Assembly Street Suite 1425
Columbia, SC 29201
United States
Phone: 803-765-5377
Fax: 803-765-5962
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
2014 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards

The SBA South Carolina District Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards.

Awards that are part of the SBA's national awards program

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
(For additional SBA awards, see the full 2014 nomination guidelines.)

South Carolina-specific awards

  • New: The SOHO Award (businesses with 15 or fewer employees)
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30 years-old)
  • New: Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year
  • South Carolina Women in Business Advocate of the Year
  • New: Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year
  • New: Small Business Ally of the Year
(For additional SBA awards, see the full 2014 nomination guidelines.)

Nomination deadlines

  • Small Business Person and Small Business Exporter awards: Nominations must be either submitted via SBA's online nomination portal at nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov or postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA South Carolina District Office no later than Friday, January 17, 2014. (Please note change in date from January 31.)
  • South Carolina-specific awards: Nominations for the South Carolina-specific awards must be postmarked, emailed or hand delivered to the SBA South Carolina District Office no later than Friday, January 31, 2014.

Award eligibility

  • Small Business Person of the Year: Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a three-yera track record may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a team so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four.
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year: Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business engaged in exporting that has at least a three-yera track record may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a team so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four.
  • The SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) Award: A small business with 15 or fewer employees. The business must have been in existence for at least three years.
  • Family Business of the Year: A family-owned and operated small business that has been passed on from one generation to the next. The current owners must have owned and/or operated the business for at least the past three years.
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: An individual who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a small business with at least a three-year track record and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2014.
  • Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year: An individual who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a small business with at least a three-year track record, and who has been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions.
  • Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year: An individual who has advanced minority entrepreneurship within South Carolina. Nominees may or may not be minorities themselves. Small business ownership is not required.
  • Women in Business Advocate of the Year: An individual who has advanced female entrepreneurship within South Carolina. Nominees may or may not be women themselves. Small business ownership not required.
  • Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year: An individual committed to increasing financing for small businesses. Examples of possible nominees include, but are not limited to, lenders, community leaders and investors. Small business ownership is not required.
  • Small Business Ally of the Year: A non-profit organization that has supported and advanced South Carolina’s small business community.
All nominees must also be residents of and employed in the United States or its territories and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws.

Who may nominate

Any individual or organization may submit nominations for these awards. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one award category.

Nomination instructions

  • For Small Business Person and Small Business Exporter awards, see the instructions available at the full 2014 nomination guidelines.
  • For South Carolina-specific awards, a complete nomination package will include:
  1. A completed South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Award nomination sheet corresponding to the appropriate award. The South Carolina Award nomination sheets are available below as PDF file attachments.
  2. SBA Form 3300 (award nomination form) available at www.sba.gov/content/award-nomination-form and SBA Form 2137 (nomination consent form) available at www.sba.gov/content/small-business-week-consent-disclosure-information.
  3. A 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10 photo of the nominee, or a digital photo that is at least 300 DPI.
  4. A nomination letter serving as a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed two pages.
  5. Any other supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation and other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination. Supporting documentation must not exceed 10 pages. (Some exceptions to the 10-page limit may be made if supporting documentation includes multi-page items, such as news articles.) Videos will not be considered.
Unless submitted via email, nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8½” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a binder or folder.

Questions and more information

For award questions and assistance, contact Anna Huntley at anna.huntley@sba.gov.

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