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SBA Alaska District Invites Small Businesses to Share Their Story for National Small Business Week 2020

Award Nominations Sought from Across Alaska
Release Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Contact: (907-271-4027) and (206-604-2957)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Alaska District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the Alaska Small Business Person of the Year.

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the achievements of America’s small businesses and the contributions they make to their local communities, and to the nation’s economy. National Small Business Week will be May 3-9, 2020.

The SBA Alaska District Office is accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • Alaska Small Business Person of the Year
    State winner is finalist for National Small Business Person of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
    The SBA 8(a) Business Development Program is a nine-year federal government contracting certification and program for small business
  • Alaska Veteran-Owned Business
    Outstanding business owned by a veteran, demonstrated success in industry, contributions to community
  • Alaska Small Business Champion
    Demonstrated support of small business  

“Entrepreneurs and small business owners are one of our region’s greatest assets. They’re the innovators, job creators and community leaders who embrace challenges and problem-solving with enthusiasm,” SBA Pacific Northwest Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “The National Small Business Week Awards are an opportunity to shine a spotlight on local small businesses and share their inspiring stories.”

Past Alaska Small Business Person of the Year winners have included Shelley Bramstedt, Jan Tatham and John Tatham, co-owners of PIP Printing of Alaska, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska ; Lori Brewer, owner of  Caffé D’ arte / Alaska Coffee and Restaurant Equipment in Anchorage, Alaska; Jason Motyka and David McCarthy owners of DV3 Corp. (of which 49th State Brewing Company is part) in Anchorage, Alaska.

National SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 3-9, 2020 include the following:

  • Small Business Person of the Year – winner is selected from Small Business of the Year winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year – winner is selected from 10 regional winners
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence – for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year winner is selected from 10 regional winners
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center  Excellence in Service Award


The SBA Alaska District recommends nominations be submitted by the Dec. 20, 2019 early bird deadline. The final deadline for nominations is 11 a.m. Alaska Time, Jan. 7, 2020. 

All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA Alaska District Office at 420 L Street, Suite 300, Anchorage, Alaska 99501.  Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). 

For more information about SBA awards, contact the Alaska District Office at or 907-271-4022.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality.  As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster.

It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit The Alaska District Office serves the entire state with office locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks.