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Nominations Sought for 2013 Small Business Awards - Deadline Extended to Jan. 3, 2013

Judy K. McCauley, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for West Virginia’s 2013 “Small Business Person of the Year.” Small Business Person award recipients will compete for the national title during National Small Business Week in Washington DC in May 2013. Nominees are also being sought for various other SBA Champion and Special Award categories. The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

This is an excellent opportunity to promote your small business, a client or even an employee. It’s time to be recognized for your entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. The award recipient and their nominator will both receive recognition through the Small Business Week awards program. Who can’t use some free publicity these days?

Small Business Person of the Year nominees will be judged on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of product or service and evidence of contributions to the community.

Small Business Champion awards are presented to persons who have used their professional or personal talents to further the public’s understanding and awareness of small business. Candidates must have taken an active role in creating opportunities to promote the interests of small business.

Champion award categories include: Financial Services, Home-Based Business, Minority, Veteran and Women. Special awards include: Family-Owned Small Business, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, and Young Entrepreneur.

Nominations can be made by individuals or organizations. All nominations must be received by the SBA West Virginia District Office no later than Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

Guidelines and nomination forms can be found below. Contact Rick Haney at (304) 623-7449 (email: richard.haney@sba.gov) with any questions.