2019 NSBW Awards Deadline Approaching

Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Release Number: 
S. FL 18-18
Contact: 
heather.hines@sba.gov 786-393-1909
MIAMI – The South Florida District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards Program.
 
For the South Florida District, NSBW award nominations are being accepted in the following eight categories:
 
Small Business Person of the Year
Small Business Exporter of the Year
Veteran Business Owner of the Year
Minority Business Owner of the Year
Woman Business Owner of the Year
Youth Entrepreneur Small Business Owner of the Year
Small Business Community Partner of the Year
Small Business Advocate of the Year
 
Email submissions of SBA National Small Business Week Award forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII).  All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the local SBA Office no later than 3 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.
 
Mailing address: U.S. Small Business Administration, South Florida District Office, Attn: Heather Hines, 51 SW 1st Ave, Suite 201, Miami, Florida 33130.
 
Business owners and advocates can self-nominate.  Descriptions of the award categories and instructions on how to nominate a person can be found online at the South Florida District Office Website. The website also includes other national-level small business award categories and nomination guidelines.
 
The winners of the State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year and the Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year awards will advance to the national competition and be recognized during the National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC May 5 - 11, 2019.
 
Visit the National Small Business Week Awards website www.sba.gov/nsbw to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. Additional categories for national consideration are also available at this website.
 
2019 South Florida NSBW categories:
Small Business Person of the Year: Nominees from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will compete for the title of the National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award. Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities.
 
Small Business Exporter of the Year: SBA’s Small Business Exporter of the Year recognizes individuals for their success and dedication to exporting products or services.
 
Veteran Business Owner of the Year: This award honors an individual who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business and who has been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions. Nominees must have been in business a minimum of three years.
 
Minority Business Owner of the Year This award honors a minority who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must have been in business a minimum of three years.
 
Woman Business Owner of the Year This award honors a female who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must serve as a majority owner (51% or more) and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three year track record.
 
Youth Entrepreneur Business Owner of the Year To be considered a young entrepreneur, the nominee must be a majority owner (51% or more) and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by April 1, 2019.   
 
Small Business Community Partner of the Year This award honors any organization that assists entrepreneurs through advocacy and other efforts that raise the profile, effectiveness, health, vitality, growth, or expansion of small businesses in the SBA’s South Florida District Office territory.  These efforts can target specific segments of the small business population such as women, veterans, minorities, exporters, and those small firms located in rural communities.
 
Small Business Advocate of the Year This award honors an individual that assists entrepreneurs through advocacy and other efforts that raise the profile, effectiveness, health, vitality, growth, or expansion of small businesses in the SBA’s South Florida District Office territory.  These efforts can target specific segments of the small business population such as women, veterans, minorities, exporters, and those small firms located in rural communities.
 
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to our nation’s economy.  For over 50 years, SBA will continue its tradition in honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses.  More information can be found at the SBA’s National Small Business Week website at www.sba.gov/nsbw.
 
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