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Nominate a Business for 2016 National and Local Small Business Week Awards

Release Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Release Number: 
20151119-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA– Do you know a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2016 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://awards.sba.gov, by mail and in-person at SBA’s Philadelphia District Office, Parkview Tower, 1150 1st Ave., Ste. 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19460.

For more than 50 years, SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities and our nation’s economy.

Last year’s SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Small Business Person of the Year, Joseph Zidik, president and CEO of Custom Milling and Consulting, Inc. (CMC) was nominated by Martin Brill, International Trade Program Manager, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center. Established in 2002 to provide chemical material processing equipment as well as custom material processing and toll processing services, CMC helps its customers make the leaps from laboratory development to small production and on to full scale manufacturing. Since 2003, CMC has been utilizing SBA resource partner, Kutztown University SBDC, for assistance with international trade, marketing government contracting, finance and environmental issues. SBA resource partners, like Kutztown University SBDC, offer entrepreneurs free and low cost technical assistance and business advice.

“It’s wonderful to have the privilege to recognize the achievements of Pennsylvania small business leaders like Joe,” said Antonio (Tony) Leta, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director. “Small businesses like CMC are where the rubber meets the road, helping drive our nation’s economic recovery. SBA and our resource partners, like Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, are proud to play a role in helping them start and succeed.”

Are you our next winner? The dedicated website http://awards.sba.gov provides criteria and guidelines for submitting a national-level nomination, as well as a nomination portal – small businesses can also nominate themselves. For 2016, nomination criteria are streamlined and simplified with one form and questionnaire.  In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA District Offices, which can be located online at district offices. All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 11, 2016.

National Small Business Week Awards include: Small Business Person of the Year Awards, Small Business Exporter of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award, Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award and Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award.

Local SBA Philadelphia District Office Awards include: Entrepreneurial Success, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Please submit a hard copy for local awards to SBA’s Eastern  Pennsylvania District Office: “U.S. Small Business Administration, Parkview Tower, 1150 First Ave., Ste. 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19406.” Awards must be submitted no later than 3pm ET, January 11, 2016.  For information on local award nomination guidelines and tips go to https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/LocalSmallBusinessWeekAwardNominationTipsandGuidelines.pdf

Last year’s winners and nominators were recognized last year at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” networking luncheon followed by a Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park. The event is open to the media.

These events are local observances of the annual Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week to recognize the small business community’s contribution to the American economy. For more information, visit http://awards.sba.gov and www.sba.gov/pa.

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