Nominations Sought for 2013 SBA National Small Business Awards | Nomination Deadline: January 3, 2013

SBA 2013 National-Level Small Business Awards:

4 Categories:

  • Small Business Person of the Year;
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year;
  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award;
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

Nomination Submission Deadline: January 3, 2013

Nominations Submissions are accepted:

Via mail:

SBA Philadelphia District Office
Parkview Tower
1150 1st Avenue
Suite 1001
King of Prussia, PA 19406

and

Via the online nominations portal on http://www.sba.gov/ (available after Monday, November

19, 2012).

1. Small Business Person of the Year Awards:

SBA will make Small Business Person of the Year awards at the district level (in multi-district states), the State level (from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam) and the National level. The National Small Business Person of the Year is selected from the State winners.

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?

Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business 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. A nominee for Small Business Person of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards. Individuals who have received the Small Business Person Award at the State level within the past five years are not eligible. Nominees must also be residents of 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. While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred. Consult your nearest SBA district office if you have questions.

Who may submit nominations for this award?

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including, but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, may submit nominations for the Small Business Person of the Year award. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2013 award category.

What information must the nomination package contain?

Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 1 1/2” binder. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed. A complete nomination package will also include, in the following order:

  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 (e.g., loan, SCORE counseling, SBDC assistance, etc.), if applicable; and
    • a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s business.
  2. 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;
  3. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee; or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable;
  4. Four to five additional photos of the nominee’s company and employees at work;
  5. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages;
  6. A brief biography of the nominee, not to exceed one page;
  7. A business profile, not to exceed one page;
  8. The nominee’s financial statement — including balance sheets, profit-and-loss statements and financial reports — not exceeding 12 pages, on 8 1/2’’ x 11’’ paper - for the last three years;
  9. 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.
  10. A completed SBA Form 2137 Award Nomination Consent Form, which is available through SBA field offices.

What are the selection procedures for this award?

Small Business Persons of the Year Award winners will be selected at the district (in multi-district states), state and national levels. In those states served by more than one SBA district office, additional awards may also be given at the district level. Winners at each level will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners at each level will be considered for awards at the next highest level. Nomination packages for each state winner will be sent to the appropriate regional SBA office and prepared for transmittal to the SBA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison for review. The National Small Business Person of the Year will be selected by the SBA Administrator based on the recommendations of the Agency’s National Small Business Week panel of judges. The winner will be announced during National Small Business Week. Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the Small Business Person of the Year award?

In evaluating the nomination packages, the judges will look at the following criteria:

  1. Staying power — a substantiated history as an established business; including:
    • Number of years in business; minimum three years.
    • Sustained expansion, addition of territories, growth in square footage occupied.
    • Steady growth in net worth as evidenced by total assets less total liabilities on fiscal year end annual balance sheets over three years.
  2. Growth in number of employees — a benchmark to judge the impact of the business on the job market.
    • Sustained over a minimum of three years.
    • Increase over the three years must be in excess of growth in Gross National Product.
  3. Increase in sales and/or unit volume — an indication of continued growth over the last three years.
    • Consistent growth in net income as evidenced by fiscal year annual profit-and-loss statements for a minimum of the last three years.
  4. Current and past financial performance — financial reports substantiate an improved financial position of the business.
    • Profit-and-loss statements for the last three years, reflecting sustained upward growth.
    • Balance sheets for the last three years, showing consistent increase in net worth and/or partners’ return.
  5. Innovativeness of product or service offered — an illustration of the creativity and imagination of the nominee.
    • Specific description of uniqueness of product or service.
    • Explanation of how product or service fits a niche not being adequately addressed by the competition.
  6. Response to adversity — examples of problems faced in the nominee’s business and the methods used to solve them, including:
    • Specific description of financial, physical, legal or other crisis.
    • Substantiation of the threat to the continuity of the business.
    • Defined actions taken by the nominee to resolve the crisis.
  7. Contributions to community-oriented projects — evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources, including:
    • Listing of specific contributions of money, time, or resources to charitable causes.
    • Membership in councils, boards and clubs providing support and services to the community.
  8. If applicable, a description of the products exported and markets served.

2. 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award

Who is eligible for the National 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award?

All formerly certified 8(a) business participants that were graduated from the 8(a) program for at least a year as of April 1, 2012. The firm does not have to currently be a small business.

What are the criteria for the National 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award?

Nominees must be residents of the United States or its territories and will be subject to background checks

Businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws.

If nominee or nominee’s firm has an SBA loan, payment record must be satisfactory and the loan must be current.

Companies and/or their principal owner(s) must not appear on the suspended or debarred list as published by GSA. (Check online at www.epls.gov.)

For government contracts, the nominee must have performed satisfactorily on all contracts, and have had no terminations for default

Before SBA publicly announces any awards, nominee must be cleared by the SBA’s Office of Inspector General and EEO/CR offices

8(a) graduate must have been out of the program for at least one year as of April 1, 2012.

NOTE: Firm does not have to be a small business.

Nominees will also be evaluated on the following:

* Firm must still be primarily owned, managed, and controlled by the person(s) whom 8(a) eligibility was based at the time of participation.

* The most recent fiscal year-end financial statement must reflect non 8(a) sales of not less than 51 percent of total sales.

* Firm must be in satisfactory financial condition.

* Growth in full-time employees

* Firm must have received a reasonable amount of 8(a) contract support while in the 8(a) program.

* Response to adversities, obstacles, etc. to achieve present level of success

* Showing of uniqueness and special attributes

* Use of minority firm as suppliers, subcontractors, etc.

* Participation in community projects and charitable affairs

* Noted employment of the disadvantaged

* Uniqueness of the firm, originality of entrepreneurship, special attributes previous awards, etc.

What information must the nomination package contain?

Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 1 1/2” binder. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed. A complete nomination package must include the following information, in the order indicated below:

  1. A single cover page stating:
    • Award for which the nomination is being made (i.e., Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award);
    • Nominator’s name and title, business address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  2. Nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not exceeding four pages.
  3. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form) which will be made available through SBA field offices.
  4. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee; or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable.
  5. Four to five additional photos of the nominee’s company and employees at work.
  6. A brief biography of the nominee, not exceeding one page.
  7. A business profile, not exceeding one page.
  8. 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.
  9. A completed Award Nomination Consent Form, which will be made available through SBA offices.

3. Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?

This award honors a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Service Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.

Who may submit nominations for this award?

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including, but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, including an SBDC may nominate an SBDC Service Center for this award.

What information must the nomination package contain?

Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 1 1/2” binder. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed. A complete nomination package must include the following information, in the order indicated below:

  1. A single cover page stating:
    • Award for which the nomination is being made (i.e., Small Business Development Center Award);
    • The name of the SBDC, business address with telephone and fax numbers, website, and e-mail address if applicable;
    • The SBDC director’s full name, title, business and home addresses with telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address if applicable.
    • Nominator’s name and title, business address, telephone number and e-mail address if applicable.
  2. Nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not exceeding five pages. In addition to describing the basis for the nomination, the nomination letter should highlight an individual counselor at the SBDC who, in the view of the nominator, has excelled in providing counseling, training and other program services to small businesses. The nomination letter should also highlight a success story relating to a particular client business served by the SBDC.
  3. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form) which is available through SBA field offices. For “team” nominations for Small Business Development Center Awards, a background form is required for each team member.
  4. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the; or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable.
  5. A brief history of the SBDC, not exceeding one page.
  6. A business profile, not exceeding one page.
  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 considere.
  8. A completed SBA Form 2137 Award Nomination Consent Form, which is available through SBA field offices.
  9. Please include the chart below in the nominee’s submission.
 

Goal

Actual

% Achieved

Long Term Counseling Clients

     

New Business Starts

     

Capital Infusion

     

Client Satisfaction

     

Other

     

Other

     

Other

     

*SBDCs may have additional goals and performance measures that can be included in the “other” categories.

What are the selection procedures for this award?

Small Business Development Center Award winners will be selected at the district (in multi-district states), state, regional and national levels. In those states served by more than one SBA district office, additional awards may also be given at the district level. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners at each level will be considered for awards at the next highest level.

Nomination packages for each SBDC winner will be sent to regional SBA offices and prepared for transmittal to the SBA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison for review. The National SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award recipient of the Year will be selected from the regional winners based on the recommendations of the Agency’s National SBDC Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by the SBA Administrator. Non-federal individuals serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for this award?

In evaluating the nomination packages, the judges will look at the following criteria:

S – Surpasses

  • Meets or exceeds the service center’s performance milestones including long-term counseling clients (5 hours of counseling contact time), new businesses started, capital infusion, client satisfaction and may include other center goals. (Include actual results and the related goal).

B – Builds

  • Helps build small businesses by creating and implementing innovative programs, events, publications, research materials, and online applications. This success is demonstrated through success stories, job creation/retention and revenue growth resulting from SBDC counseling and training assistance.

D – Develops

  • Prepares the service center for success by actively participating with the lead center in the professional development of counselors in accordance with the network’s strategic plan.

C – Champions

  • Acknowledged by the local/regional small business and economic development community as an advocate for advancing opportunities for entrepreneurial development (include any relevant news articles and/or letters from partners-limit 4).

Good Standing: SBDC must be in good standing with SBA. This includes but is not limited to having no outstanding examination or review findings.

4. Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?

This award honors a Women’s Business Center (WBC) for its excellence and innovation in assisting women entrepreneurs by providing a wide variety of training and counseling. The award should focus on the work of the WBC and not on the host organization or the women’s business center director.

Who may submit nominations for this award?

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including, but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, may submit nominations for this award. Individual WBCs may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2013 award category.

What information must the nomination package contain?

Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 11/2” binder. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed. A complete nomination package must also include, in the following order:

  1. A single cover page stating —
    • the name of the WBC, business addresses with telephone and fax numbers, website, and e-mail address;
    • the WBC director’s full name, title, business and home addresses with telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address;
    • 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; and
    • a one-paragraph description of the WBC’s services provided.
  2. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form) which is available through SBA field offices.
  3. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominated WBC’s Center Director; or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable.
  4. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and WBC performance that merit the award, not exceeding five pages. In addition to describing the basis for the nomination, the nomination letter should highlight an individual counselor at the WBC who, in the view of the nominator, has excelled in providing counseling, training and other program services to small businesses. The nomination letter should also highlight a success story relating to a particular client business served by the WBC.
  5. A brief biography of the Center Director, not exceeding one page.
  6. A business profile, not exceeding one page, including the WBC mission statement, target market, and types of services offered, including any specialized programs or services.
  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 at SBA offices.

What are the selection procedures for this award?

The Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award winner will be selected at the national level. In those states served by more than one WBC, additional nominations may be made. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Nomination packages for each WBC will be prepared for transmittal to the SBA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison for review. The National Women’s Business Center for Excellence Award of the Year recipient will be selected by the SBA Administrator based on the recommendations of the agency’s National Small Business Week panel of judges. The winner will be announced during National Small Business Week. Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for this award?

In evaluating the nomination packages, the judges will look at the following criteria:

  1. Delivers Results: Meets or exceeds performance milestones. (This is reflected in the center’s on-site review, the DOTR mid and end of the year evaluations, and SBA’s data collection system for counseling and training), i.e. long-term clients, new businesses created, jobs creation/retained, capital infusion, client satisfaction, success stories, counseling evaluations, etc.
     
  2. Innovates: Creates and develops innovative events and/or programs, publications, research materials and online applications to enhance small business awareness and solutions.
     
  3. Champions: Advocates for women’s entrepreneurship and the overall small business community.
     
  4. Develops: Partners with a variety of local, state and other entities (including SBDCs and SCORE) to grow the program through unique collaborations that not only bring in monetary matching funds but also help market the WBC.
     
  5. Good Standing: Center must be in good standing with the SBA. This includes but is not limited to having no outstanding examination or review findings.

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