How to Submit a Winning National Small Business Week Award Nomination

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small business owners, who create two out of every three net new jobs for Americans. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Callaway Golf, Chobani, Dogfish Head, Stonyfield Farm, Pacifica, Maui Brewing Company and Tom’s of Maine. It’s now your time to join the list of SBA’s National Small Business Week winners by submitting a nomination.

Here are four tips to help you submit a winning nomination package:

  1. Find the award that best suits you and your business: The National Small Business Person of the Year is SBA’s signature award. There are other award categories that include excellence in exporting, disaster recovery and federal procurement. More information about each award can be found on the National Small Business Week website.
  2. Submit a complete nomination package: All nomination packages require a completed background form for all nominees, nomination form and photo of nominee(s). Depending on the award, additional information may be required. Consult the awards guidelines for details.
  3. Don’t be shy: This is your time to shine so tell us about how amazing you are. Include information that demonstrates why you’re the best in your industry, why you started your business and how you will continue to succeed in business.
  4. Describe how you give back: Tell us how you contribute, whether monetary or volunteer your time, to your community. Also explain why it’s important to you and how you help impact your community.

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