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2013 Small Business Person of the Year Award Nomination Instructions

Dear Supporters of America’s Small Business Community:


Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  As you might know, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.


As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.


Thank you for helping find and nominate candidates for the most prestigious annual small business awards in America.


Warm regards,


Karen G. Mills






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 the spring of 2013 in Washington, DC.  Leading up to National Small Business Week 2013, 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.


What are the selection procedures for these awards?


The SBA Georgia District Office will select the winners of the Small Business Person of the Year at the district level.  The winner will be selected by a panel of judges.  The National Small Business Person of the Year is selected from the district level winners from across the nation by the SBA Administrator based on the recommendations of the Agency’s National Small Business Week panel of judges.  The winner will be announced during National Small Business Week Spring 2013.  Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

Who is eligible to be nominated for these awards?


Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business may be nominated.  Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four.  Nominees for the Small Business Person of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards.  Individuals who have received the SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year Award at the State level within the past five years are not eligible.  All nominees must also be residents of and located in one of the 159 counties of the State of Georgia.  All nominees will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws.  While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred.  To be nominated and receive one of these awards, the nominee must fit within the category of the award.


Who may submit nominations for these awards?


Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including, but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, may submit nominations.  Individuals may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2013 award category.


Where are the nominations to be sent?



What is the deadline for nominations?


January 3, 2013. 


What information must each nomination package contain?


Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.  All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed.  A complete nomination package will also include, in the following order:


  1. A single cover page stating —
    1. the nominee’s full name, title, business and home addresses with telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address if applicable;
    2. the award for which the nomination is being made;
    3. the nominator’s name, title, place of business, business address and telephone number and e-mail address if applicable;
    4. the type of SBA assistance received (e.g., loan, SCORE counseling, SBDC assistance, etc.), if applicable; and
    5. a one-paragraph description of the nominee’s business.
  1. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee; or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable;
  2. Four to five additional photos of the nominee’s company and employees at work;
  3. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages;
  4. A brief biography of the nominee, not to exceed one page;
  5. A business profile, not to exceed one page;
  6. The nominee’s financial statements — including balance sheets, profit-and-loss statements and financial reports — not exceeding 12 pages, on 8 1/2’’ x 11’’ paper - for the last three years.  Financial Statements will be reviewed only by the District Director for Lender Relations and will not be shared with anyone else.  Strict confidentiality will be maintained at all times.  Advocate Awards nominations are exempt from this requirement.
  7. Any other supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation, and other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination. Supporting documentation must not exceed 10 pages. Videos will not be considered.
  8. A completed SBA Form 2137 Award Nomination Consent Form, which is available at: www.sba.gov.  For “team” nominations for Small Business Owner of the Year, a background form is required for each team member.
  9. A completed SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form which is available at: www.sba.gov. For “team” nominations for Small Business Owner of the Year, a background form is required for each team member.



What are the evaluation/selection criteria for the Small Business Person of the Year award?


In evaluating the nomination packages, the judges will utilize the following criteria:


  1. Staying power — a substantiated history as an established business; including:
    • Number of years in business; minimum three years.
    • Sustained expansion, addition of territories, growth in square footage occupied.
    • Steady growth in net worth as evidenced by total assets less total liabilities on fiscal year end annual balance sheets over three years.
  1. Growth in number of employees — a benchmark to judge the impact of the business on the job market.
    • Sustained over a minimum of three years.
    • Increase over the three years must be in excess of growth in Gross National Product.
  1. Increase in sales and/or unit volume — an indication of continued growth over the last three years.
    • Consistent growth in net income as evidenced by fiscal year annual profit-and-loss statements for a minimum of the last three years.
  1. Current and past financial performance — financial reports substantiate an improved financial position of the business.
    • Profit-and-loss statements for the last three years, reflecting sustained upward growth.
    • Balance sheets for the last three years, showing consistent increase in net worth and/or partners’ return.
  1. Innovativeness of product or service offered — an illustration of the creativity and imagination of the nominee.
    • Specific description of uniqueness of product or service.
    • Explanation of how product or service fits a niche not being adequately addressed by the competition.
  1. Response to adversity — examples of problems faced in the nominee’s business and the methods used to solve them, including:
    • Specific description of financial, physical, legal or other crisis.
    • Substantiation of the threat to the continuity of the business.
    • Defined actions taken by the nominee to resolve the crisis.
  1. Contributions to community-oriented projects — evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources, including:
    • Listing of specific contributions of money, time, or resources to charitable causes.
    • Membership in councils, boards and clubs providing support and services to the community.
  1.  If applicable, a description of the products exported and markets served.