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Nebraska District Office seeking 2012 Small Business Week nominations

Release Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2011
Advisory Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2011
Contact: 
Michael Foutch (402) 221-7211 or michael.foutch@sba.gov

The Nebraska District Office is seeking outstanding businesses and champions to honor during SBA's Small Business Week 2012.  All nominations are due Nov. 10.  Please see the guidelines in a downloadable pdf format below.

In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week.  Small Business Week 2012 will be celebrated the week of May 20.  Leading up to National Small Business Week, the SBA, often in conjunction with public- and private-sector small business supporters, will host special events at the local and state levels to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and champion small business. Many of the award winners from those local and state events will be invited to Washington, D.C. for SBW ‘12 — Celebrating National Small Business Week.  

Small Business of the Year

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.  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 award category.

 

Other awards include:

Small Business Champions

  • Small Business Exporter of the Year: Any individual who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting may be nominated.
  • SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year: To be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2012.
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year: This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to the next. The owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a 15-year track record.
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year: An individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services for small businesses may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.
  • Home-Based Business Champion of the Year: An individual who has experienced the rewards and difficulties of owning a home-based business and has volunteered to improve the climate for these businesses may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be current small business owners.
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for minority business owners may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be veterans.
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year: An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women‘s business ownership may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.

Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery

Any individual who owns and operates a small business that suffered physical damage following a disaster during the previous fiscal year and received an SBA physical disaster loan may be nominated.
 

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award

This award honors small businesses that have provided the government with outstanding goods and services as prime contractors. All nominees must be defined as “small” according to applicable SBA size standards.
 

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award

This award honors small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services as subcontractors. All nominees must be defined as “small” according to applicable SBA size standards. 
Related State: 
Nebraska
Attachments Size
SBW 2012 Nominations Guidelines.pdf 479Kb