2014 Small Business Awards Information Sheet

Nomination Guidelines and Forms

2014 SBA Awards Package
Nomination Guidelines and Forms

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: January 17, 2014

National Small Business Week has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963. During this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors small business owners and entrepreneurs for their outstanding achievements through various awards.

SBA is currently seeking nominations from the public for the following awards:

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

In addition, the Illinois District of the SBA will recognize the following categories:

  • Minority Small Business Champion
  • Women in Business Champion
  • Veteran Small Business Champion
  • SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Entrepreneurial Success Award
  • Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business Award

 

To submit nominees, please visit the SBA Small Business Week Awards Nomination Portal at http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov.  This site provides you with the guidelines, forms, and documentation necessary for a complete submission.  Nominations may also be submitted via mail or in person at:

Small Business Awards Committee,

U.S. Small Business Administration - Illinois District Office

500 West Madison, Suite 1150

Chicago, IL  60661-2511

 

For more information, please contact Mark Ferguson at 312-353-5430 (mark.ferguson@sba.gov).

 

Summary of 2014 Nomination Criteria – National Awards

 

SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • Staying power — a substantiated history as an established business
  • Growth in number of employees
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume
  • Current and past financial performance
  • Innovativeness of product or service offered 
  • Response to adversity
  • Contributions to community-oriented projects

 

SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR

  • Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting.
  • Creative overseas marketing strategies.
  • Effective solutions to export-related problems.
  • Demonstrated encouragement of other small businesses to export.
  • Volunteer assistance to other small businesses entering the export market.
  • Cooperation with other businesses in the creation of export trading companies and/or introduction of unique trading relationships, products or services.

 

8(a) GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

  • Management
  • Exceptional Results/Special Achievements
  • Cost Performance
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume over last three years
  • Current and past financial performance

 

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION AWARD

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Champions:  Acknowledged by the local/regional small business and economic development community as an advocate for advancing opportunities for entrepreneurial development

 

WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE AWARD 

  • Delivers results:  Meets or exceeds milestones, reflected in on-site review (i.e. extended engagement clients, new businesses created, capital infusion, client satisfaction, success stories, counseling evaluations, and job creation/retention)
  • Innovates:  Creates and develops innovative events and/or programs, publications, research materials, and online applications to enhance small business awareness and solutions
  • Champions: Advocates for SBA, SBDC, and the small business community
  • Develops:  Prepares center for success by actively participating with the lead center in the development and execution of the strategic plan and professional development of counselors

 

Detailed guidelines including required documentation can be found in the included National Small Business Week 2014 Awards Nominations Guidelines.

 

Summary of 2014 Nomination Criteria – Illinois Awards

 

MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION

  • Volunteer efforts beyond business/professional responsibilities to advance minority small business interests/community, state or nation
  • Demonstrated efforts to improve conditions in the minority small business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement
  • Voluntary provision of professional services to the minority small business community in legal, legislative, managerial or financial capacities
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in advising minority small business groups of opportunities within the overall business community
  • Other accomplishments demonstrating the nominee’s merit as an effective advocate for minority small business

 

VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION

  • Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small business
  • Evidence of increased business opportunities for veterans as a result of the nominee’s actions
  • Advisory activities to improve awareness among veterans’ groups of the small business opportunities
  • Advocacy of special consideration for veteran-owned small businesses in government policymaking
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in obtaining support within the community for the establishment of veteran-owned small businesses
  • Other accomplishments demonstrating the nominee’s effective advocacy of veteran-owned small businesses

 

WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHAMPION

  • Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small business
  • Efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women
  • Legal, financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance women’s business ownership
  • Volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of women owned businesses in the community
  • Other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving environment for the creation and expansion of women owned businesses
  • Advocacy of the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement

 

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.

 

  • Evidence of success as measured by sales and profits. (Profit & Loss and balance sheet information for the past three years will be requested)
  • Increased employment opportunities for family and non-family
  • Demonstrated potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth
  • Voluntary efforts to strengthen family owned businesses within the community

 

 

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