Deadline for 2013 SBA Small Business Award Nominations Extended
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.