SBA Seeks Nominations for 2016 Kentucky Small Business Awards

Release Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2015
Release Number: 
16-1023KY
Contact: 
michael.ashcraft@sba.gov or 502-582-5971, extension 225

LOUISVILLE - The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky District Office is accepting nominations for its 2016 National Small Business Week Awards, including the prestigious Small Business Person of the Year award. The Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year for 2015 was Scott Shinn, President and CEO of Sustainment Solutions, Inc., a veteran-owned small business located in Lancaster, KY.

In addition to Small Business Person of the Year, SBA is seeking nominations for Small Business Exporter of the Year as well as contracting, disaster recovery, SBA resource partner awards and more. The Kentucky District Office also has 2016 small business awards, including Home Based, Minority, Veteran and Woman Small Business of the Year, as well as Financial Services, Small Business and Media Advocate of the Year, and Young Entrepreneur.

Ralph Ross, SBA Kentucky District Office Director, stated, “I am amazed each year with Kentucky’s small business award winners. It’s a testament to the perseverance, intelligence and business acumen small business owners and advocates possess.” The Kentucky Small Business Person and Small Business Exporter of the Year will compete nationally and be recognized in May 2016 during National Small Business Week in Washington, DC.

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. For 53 years, SBA has continued its tradition in honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses.

Award details, including eligibility, information requirements and evaluation criteria, as well as nomination procedures, can be found at on the SBA Kentucky District Office website, https://www.sba.gov/ky or at http://awards.sba.gov/. Small business owners or advocates can self-nominate.

The deadline to receive nomination packages is 3:00 p.m. ET, Monday, January 11, 2016. Nominations should be submitted online at http://awards.sba.gov/ or delivered directly to the Kentucky District Office, depending on the award. Postmarked or hand delivered packages should be sent to SBA’s Kentucky District Office, 600 Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Place, Room 188, Louisville, KY 40202.