CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Judy K. McCauley, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office, announced the Dec. 7 deadline to receive nominations for the 2013 West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion awards is fast approaching.
“These awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the success of small business owners who start each day with creativity to overcome obstacles and challenges to move forward and create jobs which strengthen the local and national economies,” said McCauley.
Nominations for all awards must be received in the West Virginia District Office by close of business on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. The award recipients will be recognized at the annual West Virginia Small Business Week Awards Celebration scheduled for late May 2013 with West Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year in the running for the National award presented in Washington D.C.
Small Business Person of the Year nominees will be judged on a variety of criteria including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of product or service and evidence of contributions to the community.
Nominations can be submitted by any individual or organization. Small Business Champion awards are selected from individuals or organizations that promote small business, volunteer time and services to small business interest groups, advocate the cause of small business through legislation, or use their professional expertise to assist small business owners. Champions may or may not be small business owners.
Champion award categories include: Financial Services, Home-Based Business, Minority, Veteran and Women. Special awards include: Family-Owned Small Business, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, and Young Entrepreneur (under age of 30).
All nominations must be received by the SBA West Virginia District Office by Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.