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SBA Seeks Nominations for 2018 North Florida Small Business Person of the Year & Other Awards

Local SBW Week Awards
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Release Number: 
NFL 18-01
Nayana Sen (904) 443-1933

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the 2018 North Florida Small Business Person of the Year and several other small business awards. 

“Every year during Small Business Week, we recognize the hard-work, contribution, and economic impact that entrepreneurs have on their local communities. North Florida business owners that have created jobs or grown their businesses should consider submitting a nomination packet,” stated Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, SBA District Director.

In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week. The national celebration will take place in May of 2018 in various cities across the Country. The U.S. Small Business Administration, often in conjunction with public- and private-sector small business supporters, will host special events at the local and state levels to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and advocate for small businesses.

The North Florida District Office currently accepting nominations for the following categories:

2017 North Florida District Small Business Week Awards

National Awards (Accepted by the District Office):

Small Business Person of the Year

Small Business Exporter of the Year

District/State Level Awards (Accepted by the District Office):

Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year

Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year

Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Community Partner of the Year (Organization)

Small Business Advocate (Individual)

Statewide winners of the Small Business Person of the Year and the Small Business Exporter of the Year awards will also be eligible to compete for their respective titles nationally. National award winners will be announced during National Small Business Week in May of 2018.   

For a full description of these awards and instructions on how to apply will be available on the North Florida District Website. All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2018.  All applicable nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the nearest SBA Office.  Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). 

Additional National categories include: Phoenix Awards (for disaster recovery), Federal Procurement Awards, Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Awards, and SBA Resource Partners Awards. For more information about these additional categories, please visit



The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.