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Public invited to recognize local entrepreneurs for 2020 National Small Business Week Awards
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Thursday, December 5, 2019
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NEW YORK, NY – Are you a small business owner with an amazing story to tell?  Do you know of a small business that deserves recognition, especially after a highly successful Small Business Saturday last weekend? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2020 National Small Business Week Awards. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the coveted Small Business Person of the Year award. The winner of that top prize will go on to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award and have the chance to represent New York, their brand and success story in Washington, DC.

"After a highly successful Small Business Saturday, SBA New York is asking neighbors to keep the momentum going forward by recognizing entrepreneurs and small businesses that significantly contribute to our local communities," SBA New York District Director Beth Goldberg said. "A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation's highest honors for small business achievement. We look forward to receiving your nominations to recognize outstanding small business owners.  Please visit our dedicated website to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination.”

During National Small Business Week slated for May 3-9, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration will shine the spotlight on America’s 30 million small businesses. Through community events across the country, the agency will honor entrepreneurs whose achievements over the past year stand out. National Small Business Week will include in-person events, a national educational virtual conference on a variety of business topics and a Twitter chat about how to start and grow a business.

Nominations for the following SBA New York District awards may be self-made or come from another individual:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • SBIR/STTR Recipient of the Year
  • Microbusiness of the Year
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Woman Small Business Owner of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Owner of the Year
  • Small Business Development Center for Excellence & Innovation

Criteria for each of these awards can be found on the SBA website

“National Small Business Week is an annual event dedicated to recognizing the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions from across the country. The SBA looks forward to honoring metro New York area small businesses who are creating 21st century jobs, driving innovation, supporting our neighborhoods and increasing America’s global competitiveness,” added SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger who oversees agency operations throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All eligible nominations for the New York District Office may come from the area it serves, encompassing New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. This includes an eligible pool of over 1.6 million small businesses employing 5 million people throughout Bronx, Duchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA New York District Office at 26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3100, New York, New York 10278.  The deadline for nomination submissions to be received is 3:00pm Eastern on January 7, 2020. 


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 and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit