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San Antonio District Office
615 E Houston St. Suite 298
San Antonio, TX 78205
United States
Phone: 210-403-5900
Fax: 210-403-5936
TTY/TTD: 210-403-5933
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Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Deadline for 2013 SBA Small Business Award Nominations Extended

Release Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Release Number: 13-07
Contact: Jennifer Pilcher | 610-382-3084

Small Business Exporter of the Year' Award Added as National Award Category

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – The deadline for 2013 SBA Small Business Award nominations in national-level categories has been extended to January 31, 2013, and the Small Business Exporter of the Year award category has been elevated from an eastern-Pennsylvania-level award category to a national-level award category.  At this year’s Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Awards Ceremony in Spring 2013, the SBA’s Philadelphia District Office will present several awards:

National Awards

       Small Business Person of the Year

       Small Business Exporter of the Year

       8(a) Graduate of the Year

       Small Business Development Center

   Excellence and Innovation Award

       Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

Eastern Pennsylvania Awards

       Entrepreneurial Success

       Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

       Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year

       Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

       Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

       Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Nominations for the five national awards must be submitted to the SBA Philadelphia District Office no later than January 31, 2013. Award Nominations may be submitted directly to SBA’s Philadelphia District Office or via SBA’s web portal on http://www.sba.gov/.

Nominations for the six eastern Pennsylvania awards must be submitted to the SBA Philadelphia District Office no later than February 15, 2013. Award Nominations may be submitted directly to SBA’s Philadelphia District Office.

“This is a national awards program, and many of the award winners from local and state small business award events are invited to the national celebration of National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.,” said Dave Dickson, SBA Philadelphia District Director. “Both the local and national recognition of award winners through this awards program celebrates the millions of small businesses in America that employ more than half the country’s private work force and generate so many American innovations.”

Locally, award winners from eastern Pennsylvania and their nominators – in both national and local categories – are recognized at a high-profile awards ceremony and networking event, drawing some of the area’s top lenders, economic development organizations and small business people, as well as elected officials and members of the press. Winners in the nationally-recognized categories are recognized in a national award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

Eastern Pennsylvania’s Small Business Awards is a local observance of the Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is celebrated in Washington, D.C., annually in recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy honoring outstanding small business owners from around the country. It will culminate with the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.

To obtain a 2013 SBA Awards nomination package detailing selection criteria and containing step-by-step nomination instructions, contact the SBA, Attn. Jennifer Pilcher, Small Business Awards Coordinator, 1150 First Avenue, Suite 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19406, call 610-382-3084, or e-mail jennifer.pilcher@sba.gov.

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