SBA Mississippi Now Accepting 2019

Release Date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018
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JACKSON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion Awards.

Do you or someone you know have what it takes to win one of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) business awards?  “If so, the SBA Mississippi District Office wants to hear from you”, said Janita R. Stewart, SBA Mississippi District Director.  The SBA Mississippi District Office works with small businesses daily to help develop and grow their businesses, which in turn strengthens the state and national economy.  “This is an opportunity to nominate a deserving small business or someone who champions small business for recognition in one or more of the nomination categories, said Stewart.”

Since 1963, Small Business Week Awards has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small business for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. The National Small Business Week celebrations will occur during the week of May 5 -11, 2019.


“You can be part of this celebration by nominating an outstanding small business owner or small business champion in your community for one of these awards,” said Stewart.  “In past years, we’ve had the pleasure of recognizing some outstanding small business owners and champions throughout our state that represented Mississippi well.  We know there are many others out there deserving of this recognition; we just need to receive nominations in order for them to be considered.  Self-nominations are also acceptable.”


The Mississippi SBA Small Business Person of the Year will be invited to attend the national celebration in Washington, DC to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award against winners from across the country. 


Small Business Champions of the Year award categories are for those who promote small business, including volunteering time and services to small business interests and groups. Champions may or may not be small business owners.


SBA Awards given in celebration of Small Business Week include the following categories:


  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Generational Family-Owned Small Business
  • Minority Small Business Champion
  • Women in Business Champion
  • Veteran Small Business Champion
  • Rural Business Champion
  • Home-Based Business Champion
  • Financial Services Champion
  • Entrepreneurial Success Award
  • Small Business Journalist   
  • Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)


All nomination packages must be submitted to the SBA-Mississippi Gulfport Branch Office.  Nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to SBA Mississippi-Gulfport Branch Office 2510 14th Street, Suite 103, Gulfport, MS  39501 no later than 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

The dedicated website  provides forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. Businesses and business persons can self-nominate themselves.

For nomination guidelines and additional information regarding the awards, visit the SBA Mississippi web site at  or contact the SBA Mississippi District Office at (601) 965-4378 or Gulfport Branch Office at (228) 863-4449.


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