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2012 Oklahoma Award Nomination Guidelines Supplement

2012 Small Business Week Awards

OKLAHOMA AWARD NOMINATION GUIDELINES SUPPLEMENT

Introduction

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.  Many of the award winners from local and state events will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the national celebration.

Who may submit nominations?

Trade associations, chambers of commerce and business organizations frequently sponsor candidates. A business owner may also nominate themselves or other candidates.

For more information
Please contact Darla Booker, darla.booker@sba.gov, 405-609-8012.

Complete Nomination Guidelines
Visit http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com

Award Forms
SBA Form 3300
SBA Form 2137

Tips for Writing Winning Nomination Packages

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2012 SBA Oklahoma 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.  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.

Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws.  While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred.

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.

• 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 excesses 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 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.

What information must the nomination package contain?

Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a binder. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.    All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed.  A complete nomination package will include, in the following order:

A single cover page with:
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;

Type of SBA assistance received (e.g., loan, SCORE counseling, SBDC assistance, etc.);
a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s business.

A completed SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form.  For “team” nominations for Small Business Person of the Year, a background form is required for each team member.

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.
Four to five additional photos from the nominee’s company, employees at work.

A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages.

A brief biography of the nominee, not exceeding one page.

A business profile, not exceeding one page.

The nominee’s financial statement — including balance sheets, profit-and-loss statements and financial reports — not exceeding 12 pages, on 8 1/2’’ x 11’’ paper - for the last three years.
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.

A signed and dated Consent for Disclosure of Information, SBA Form 2137.


 


Small Business Champion Awards


  1. Small Business Exporter of the Year
  2. SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  3. Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
  4. Financial Services Champion of the Year
  5. Home-Based Business Champion of the Year
  6. Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  7. Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  8. Women in Business Champion of the Year

SBA will make the above referenced awards to eligible small businesses at the district level (the state level (from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam), the regional level and the national level.  The national winners will be selected from the Regional winners.

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 for these Small Business Champion Awards.  Individuals may not be nominated for more than one award category.

What information must the nomination package contain?

Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 11/2” binder. 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:

  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;
  • 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; and
  • a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s business, if applicable.
  1. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form) which  is available through SBA field offices. For “team” nominations for any of the  above Small Business Champion Awards, a background form is required for each team member.
  2. 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.
  3. Four to five additional photos of the nominee’s company, employees at work.
  4. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages.
  5. A brief biography of the nominee, not exceeding one page.
  6. A business profile, not exceeding one page, if applicable
  7. The nominee’s business financial statement — including balance sheets, profit-and-loss
  8. Statements and financial reports — not exceeding 12 pages, on 8 1/2’’ x 11’’ paper – for the last three years, if applicable. (Not required for Financial Services Champion, Home-Based Business Champion, Minority Small Business Champion, Veteran Small Business Champion, nor Women in Business Champion.)
  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, which is available at SBA offices.

For Small Business Exporter of the Year, the nomination package must include a description of the products exported and markets served.

What are the selection procedures for these awards?

The SBA Small Business Champions will be selected at the district (in multi-district states), state, regional and national levels. Winners at each level will be selected by a panel of judges.  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 Field Operations for review. The National Champions will be selected by the SBA Administrator based on the recommendations of the Agency’s National Small Business Week panel of judges. The winners will be announced during National Small Business Week.  Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria
To be nominated and receive one of these awards, the small business nominee must fit within the category of the award.  Each of the above Small Business Champion awards has specific evaluation criteria which are listed below:


Small Business Exporter


 

Any individual who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting may be nominated.

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.

 


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.

1. Evidence of success as measured by sales and profits.

2. Increased employment opportunities created by the nominee’s business.

3. Development and/or utilization of innovative or creative business methods.

4. Demonstrated entrepreneurial potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth.

 


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.

1. Evidence of success as measured by sales and profits.

2. Increased employment opportunities for family members and non-family members for the nominee’s business.

3. Demonstrated potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth.

4. Voluntary efforts to strengthen family-owned businesses within the community.

 


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.

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.

 


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.

 1. Volunteer efforts to improve the conditions for home-based businesses.

2. Entrepreneurial training, policy development efforts, or financial or business planning specifically tailored for home-based businesses.

3. Demonstrated interest in home-based businesses by an owner or former owner.

4. Measurable accomplishments in advancing home-based businesses, such as  adoption of public policy or expansion of a program.

 


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.

 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.

 


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.

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.

 


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.

 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.

 


Entrepreneurial Success Award
 


Individuals must own and operate businesses initially launched as small businesses according to SBA size standards and subsequently developed into large businesses; and they must have received SBA assistance to help the businesses grow.

SBA will make the above referenced award to eligible businesses on the district level (in multi-district states), the state level (from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam) and the national level.  The National winners will be selected from the State winners.

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?
To be nominated and receive this award, the nominee must be an individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a business.  Partners who jointly own and operate a 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 this award must own or operate a business that initially was defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards, developed into a large business and must have received SBA assistance to help the business grow.  Nominees must also be residents of and employed in the United States or its territories and will be subject to background checks.  Consult your nearest SBA district office if you have questions.

Who may submit nominations for this award?
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 this Award.  Individuals may not be nominated for more than one award category.

What is the deadline for nominations?
All nominations for the Entrepreneurial Success Award must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than November 10, 2011.

What information must the nomination package contain?
Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 11/2” binder. 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:

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;

     • 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; and

     • a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s business.

2. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form) which will be made available through SBA field offices. For “team” nominations for this award, 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, employees at work.

5. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not exceeding four pages.

6. A brief biography of the nominee, not exceeding one page.

7. A business profile, not exceeding one page.

8. The nominee’s financial statement — including balance sheets, profit-and-loss statements and financial reports — not exceeding 12 pages, on 8 1/2’’ x 11’’ paper – for the last three years.

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 is available at SBA field offices.

What are the selection procedures for this award?
The SBA Entrepreneurial Success Award winners will be selected at the district (in multi-district states), state, and national levels. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges.  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 Field Operations for review. The National Entrepreneurial Success Award winner will be selected 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 individuals serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the SBA Entrepreneurial Success 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.

• 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 excesses 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 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. SBA Assistance – documentation of the type(s) and amount(s) of SBA assistance received by the business and the year(s) in which it was received.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.