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Nominations Being Accepted for SBA Kentucky 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Advisory Number: 
120313KY
Contact: 
Michael Ashcraft

 

2014 Kentucky District Office Small Business & Advocacy Awards

 

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.  The national celebration will take place the week of May 12 – 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. 

Prior to National Small Business Week 2014, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky District Office, in conjunction with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, will have a special event in Frankfort, KY to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and advocate for small businesses.

In celebration of National Small Business Week, the SBA Kentucky District Office will give the awards for 2014 listed below.  SBA also has awards for Disaster Recovery, SBA Resource Partner and other categories given at the regional/national levels.  Details on these additional awards are available at    http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/user under Nomination Guidelines. 

 

SBA Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year

 

SBA KentuckySmall Business Exporter of the Year

 

KY Financial Services Advocate of the Year

 

KY Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year

 

KY Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year

 

KY Woman Small Business Advocate of the Year

 

The Agency reserves the right, in its sole reasonable discretion, to remove a nominee from the selection process.

 

The nomination and selection process, evaluation criteria, and key dates for the Kentucky Small Business Week Awards program are set forth in these guidelines.

 

What are the key deadlines for nominations?

 

January 17, 2014 - Small Business Week Award nominations must be received in the Kentucky District Office.

 

April 11, 2014 – Kentucky Small Business Award winners will be announced.

 

All nominations must be postmarked/hand delivered/emailed to the SBA Kentucky District Office or submitted through the online nomination portal listed below no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, January 17, 2014.   Please make note of the acceptable methods for submission for each award category listed below.  

 

Where are the nominations to be sent?

 

Completed paper nominations for Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year and KY Advocate of the Year Awards may be sent to the SBA Kentucky District Office:

 

SBA Kentucky District Office

Attn: Michael Ashcraft

600 Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Place, Room 188

Louisville, KY  40202

 

- OR-

 

By email to  michael.ashcraft@sba.gov.  Nomination packages must not exceed 5 MB or it will be rejected by the SBA email server.  If award nomination package exceeds 5 MB, please submit nomination in separate, corresponding and identifiable email packages.  

 

- OR-

 

For Small Business Person of the Year or Small Business Exporter of the Year only, packages may be submitted electronically via the online nominations portal at http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/user.

 

What are the selection procedures for these awards?

 

The SBA Kentucky District Office will select the winners of the Small Business Week Awards at the district level. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. The National Small Business Person of the Year is selected from the district level winners from across the nation 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.

 

Who is eligible to be nominated for these awards?

 

To be nominated and receive one of these awards, the nominee must fit within the category of the award.  Each award has specific information to be included in the nomination package and evaluation/selection criteria. All Kentucky nominees must also be residents of and located in Kentucky and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. Contact Michael Ashcraft, SBA Kentucky District Office, at 502-582-5971, extension 225 or michael.ashcraft@sba.gov with questions.

 

Who may submit nominations for these awards?

 

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. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one Small Business Week 2014 award category.

 

May I self-nominate myself for these awards?

 

Individuals may self-nominate themselves for an award. 

 

What information must every nomination package contain?

 

Nominations submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located must be typewritten on one side of 8½” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 1½” binder.

 

Nominations submitted via the online nominations portal must also be typewritten and contain the information required below. 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 if submitted via hard copy:

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 SBA Form 3300 Award Nomination Form at http://www.sba.gov/content/award-nomination-form and is  also available through SBA district offices and the online nominations portal.  For “team” nominations, 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 (official company photos may be submitted provided that the submitter has permission to use them from the company and/or employees in the photo).

 

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 8½’’ x 11’’ paper — for the calendar years 2010, 2011 and 2012 (optional for the Kentucky Financial Services, Minority, Veteran and Woman Small Business Advocate of the Year Awards).

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 at http://www.sba.gov/content/small-business-week-consent-disclosure-information and is also available through SBA district offices and the online portal.

 

SBA Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year

 

Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business may be nominated for Small Business Person of the Year.  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. 

 

All nominees for the Small Business Person of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards, available at http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-officials/eligibility-size-standards.  Individuals who have received the SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year Award at the State level within the past five years are not eligible.  While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred. 

 

What are the selection procedures for this award?

Small Business Persons of the Year Award winners will be selected at the State and National levels. In those states served by more than one SBA district office, each district office will select a district level winner and the State winner will be selected at the regional level. Winners at each level will be selected by a panel of judges that may be comprised of both SBA employees and non-Federal employees. 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 panel of judges of federal employees. 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.

SBA Kentucky Small Business Exporter of the Year

 

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

 

In evaluating the nomination packages for the Exporter of the Year award, the judges will look at the following criteria:

1. Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting.

2. Creative overseas marketing strategies.

3. Effective solutions to export-related problems.

4. Demonstrated encouragement of other small businesses to export.

5. Volunteer assistance to other small businesses entering the export market.

6. Cooperation with other businesses in the creation of export trading companies and/or introduction of unique trading relationships, products or services.

KY Financial Services Advocate of the Year

 

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the KY Financial Services Advocate of the Year?

 

An individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts in Kentucky 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.  

 

Nominees must also be residents of and employed in Kentucky and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. 

1. Outside of regular business duties, the amount and quality of assistance given small businesses to obtain financing.

2. Advocacy for changes in the financial services industry to assist small companies.

3. Encouragement of the flow of investment capital to small ventures.

4. Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small firms.

5. Measurable accomplishments through the advocacy efforts of the financial services or accounting industries to advance small business interests.

 KY Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year

 

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the KY Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year?  

An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities in Kentucky for minority business owners may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.

 

Nominees must also be residents of and employed in Kentucky and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. 

1. Volunteer efforts beyond business/professional responsibilities to advance minority small business interests within the community, state and/or nation.

2. Demonstrated efforts to improve conditions in the minority small business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement.

3. Volunteer efforts to provide professional services to the minority small business community in a legal, legislative, managerial or financial capacity.

4. Demonstrated accomplishments in advising minority small business groups of opportunities within the overall business community.

5. Other accomplishments demonstrating the nominee’s merit as an effective advocate for minority small business interests. 

 KY Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year

 

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the KY Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year?  

An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities in Kentucky for veterans of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be veterans.

 

Nominees must also be residents of and employed in Kentucky and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. 

1. Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small businesses.

2. Evidence of increased business opportunities for veterans as a result of the nominee’s actions.

3. Advisory activities to improve awareness of small business opportunities among veterans’ groups.

4. Advocacy of special consideration for veteran-owned small businesses in government policymaking.

5. Demonstrated success in obtaining support within the community for the establishment of veteran-owned small businesses.

6. Other accomplishments demonstrating the nominee’s effective advocacy of veteran-owned small businesses.

 KY Woman Small Business Advocate of the Year

 

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the KY Woman Small Business Advocate of the Year?  

 

An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership in Kentucky may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners. 

 

Nominees must also be residents of and employed in Kentucky and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. 

1. Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small businesses.

2. Efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women.

3. Legal, financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance women’s business ownership.

4. Voluntary efforts to strengthen the role of women business owners within the community.

5. Advocacy of the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement.

6. Other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving the environment for the creation and expansion of businesses owned and operated by women.