SBA Portland District Office Now Accepting 2019 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

Nominations Sought from Across Oregon and Southwest Washington
Release Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2018
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PORTLAND, Ore. –The U.S. Small Business Administration Portland District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

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

  • Oregon 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
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Yearsmall business owner under 40 years of age
  • Family-Owned Small Business of the Yeara family-owned and operated business with at least a 15-year track record
  • Nano-Business of the Yeara business with five or less employees; operating for at least one year
  • Small Business ChampionIndividuals or organizations dedicated to supporting small businesses

Past winners have included Matt Higgins in Portland, Oregon; Carmen Nazario in Vancouver, Washington; and Brandon Vaughn in Troutdale, Oregon.

“This is a great opportunity to recognize those small businesses that have contributed significantly to their local communities, developed creative products or made advances with innovative technologies,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement.  I encourage you to visit our dedicated website to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. I look forward to your nomination and wish you the best of luck.”

National SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019 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

All nominations must be submitted no later than 12 p.m. PST, Jan. 9, 2019.  All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA Portland District Office at 620 SW Main Street, Suite 313, Portland, OR 97205. 

Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). 

For more information about SBA awards, contact Sean Wilson at  or 503-326-7251.



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 Portland District Office serves Oregon and Southwest Washington with its office located in Portland.