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SBA Baltimore Seeks 2016 MD Small Business Week Award Nominees

Release Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2015
Release Number: 
MD 16-04
Rachel Howard

SBA Baltimore District OfficeNews Release




Release Date: November 5, 2015                           Contact: Rachel Howard, (410) 244-3337

Release Number: MD 16-04                                              Email:




SBA Baltimore Seeks 2016 Small Business Week Award Nominees


BALTIMORE—The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations for the successful small business person who might become Maryland’s 2016 “Small Business Person of the Year” and compete for the national title during National Small Business Week, May 2-6, 2016. Nominees are also sought for Small Business Champion and Special Award categories. The submission deadline is 3pm EST Monday, January 11, 2016.


“This is an excellent opportunity to promote your own business, a client or even an employee. It’s your chance to be recognized for all of your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. Who can’t use some free publicity these days?” remarked SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.


Small Business Person of the Year nominees are 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 use their professional or personal talents to further the public’s understanding and awareness of small business. Candidates should be active in creating opportunities to promote the interests of small business.


Champion award categories include: Financial Services, Home-Based Business, Minority, Veteran and Women. Special award categories include the Family-Owned Small Business award, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, Young Entrepreneur and three industry awards, the Accountant Champion, Insurance Advocate and Attorney Advocate.


Nominations can be made by an individual or an organization. The Maryland program accepts nominations for individuals or businesses operating within the City of Baltimore and all Maryland counties except Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, which are accepted through SBA’s Washington Metro Area District Office.


To obtain nomination criteria and submission guidelines, visit us on the web at or contact Rachel Howard at (410) 244-3337 or by email at