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SBA Baltimore Seeks Nominees

2015 MD Small Business Week Awards Program
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Release Number: 
MD 15-01
Contact: 
Rachel Howard, rachel.howard@sba.gov, (410) 244-3337

 SBA Baltimore Seeks Nominees:

2015 Maryland Small Business Week Awards Program

 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 2015 "Small Business Person of the Year" and compete for the national title during National Small Business Week next Spring. Nominees are also being sought for Small Business Champion and Special Award categories. The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, January 5, 2015.

"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?," asked 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 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 award categories include the Family-Owned Small Business award, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, Young Entrepreneur and three local awards, the Accountant Champion, Insurance Advocate and Attorney Advocate awards.

 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. All nominations must be received by the SBA Baltimore District Office no later than Monday, January 5, 2015.

 To obtain nomination criteria and submission guidelines, visit us on the web at www.sba.gov/md or contact Rachel Howard at (410) 244-3337 or by email at rachel.howard@sba.gov.

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