2013 Small Business Week Nominations Criteria.

All of the packages must contain the following:

  1. A single cover page stating —
    • the nominee’s full name, title, business and home addresses with telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address if applicable;
    • the award for which the nomination is being made;
    • the nominator’s name, title, place of business, business address and telephone number and e-mail address if applicable;
    • the type of SBA assistance received (i.e. loan, SCORE counseling, SBDC assistance)
    • a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s business.
  2. a digital photo – at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable.
  3. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages.
  4. A brief biography of the nominee, not to exceed one page.
  5. A business profile, not to exceed one page.
  6. The nominee’s financial statements — including balance sheets, profit-and-loss statements and financial reports for the last three years.
  7. 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. Videos will not be considered.
  8. A completed SBA Form 2137 Award Nomination Consent Form, which is available through SBA field offices.
  9. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form) which is available through SBA field offices. For “team” nominations for Small Business Person of the Year, a background form is required for each team member.

And each of the following elements must be addressed:

  • Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business with at least a 3-year history.
  • Growth in number of employees, sustained expansion.
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume and net worth.
  • Current and past financial reports including Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets for three years, and loss & balance sheet info for past three years
  • Innovativeness of product or service.
  • Response to adversity.
  • Contributions to aid community-oriented projects
  • Must have received either SBA loan or technical
  • Creative exporting strategies (for Small Business Exporter award

SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR

Any individual who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting may be nominated. In addition to the information requested for all packages, each of the following elements must be addressed:

SBA YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Any individual who serves as majority owner and operator for a small business with a three-year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 35 by June 1, 2013. (Increased from 30)

ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS

Individuals who own and operate a business that started ‘small’ by SBA standards, then developed into a large business. Business must have received SBA assistance.

JEFFREY BUTLAND FAMILY-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS

Family-owned business that has passed from one generation to another and owner has responsibility for operating the business. Nominees must serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a 15-year track record.

VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

A U.S. Armed Forces Veteran who serves as majority owner for a small business with a three year track record.

WOMEN SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

A woman who serves as majority owner for a small business with a 3 year track record of at least three years.

MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

An ethnic minority who serves as majority owner for a small business with a track record of at least three years.

HOME-BASED BUSINESS CHAMPION

An individual who owns and operates a home-based business.

MICROENTERPRISE AWARD

Any individual who founded, owns and operates a microenterprise which received SBA assistance (through SBA loan programs or as a client of our technical service providers) may be nominated. Microenterprise is defined as any small business with five or fewer employees including the owners.

FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION

Other:

  1. Outside of regular business duties, the amount and quality of assistance given small businesses to obtain financing.
  2. Advocacy for changes in the financial services industry to assist small companies.
  3. Encouragement of the flow of investment capital to small ventures.
  4. Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small firms.
  5. Measurable accomplishments through the advocacy efforts of the financial services or accounting industries to advance small business interests.

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