2019 South Florida District Office National Small Business Week Awards Nomination Guidelines

2019 South Florida District Office National Small Business Week Awards Nomination Guidelines
 
U.S. Small Business Administration
South Florida District Office
51 SW 1st Ave, Suite 201
Miami, Florida 33130
(305) 536-5521
Victoria Guerrero, District Director
 
Championing South Florida’s Entrepreneurs
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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 2019 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.
 
2019 South Florida District Small Business Week Awards (Nomination criteria are available below)
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 Small Business Person of the Year
Community Partner of the Year (Organization)
Small Business Advocate (Individual)
 
 
Other National Awards (Not accepted at the District Level; Nomination criteria available at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards):
The Agency reserves the right, in its sole reasonable discretion, to remove a nominee from the selection process.
 
Deadline for Nominations:
All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the nearest SBA Office no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 9, 2019.
 
What are the selection procedures for these awards?
The SBA South Florida District Office will select the winners of the Small Business Week Awards at the district level. Those winners will then compete at the State level against winners from the SBA North Florida District Office to determine the State of Florida winners. Winners at each level will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners at each level will be considered for awards at the next highest level.
 
The National Small Business Person of the Year is selected from the State 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. 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. All nominees for the Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Veteran Business Owner of the Year, Minority Business Owner of the Year, Woman Business Owner of the Year, and Youth Entrepreneur Business Owner 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. Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories and 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.
 
The South Florida District Office will accept nominations for individuals that own, operate, or advocate for businesses in the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Saint Lucie, and Sarasota.
 
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 for the Small Business Week Awards. Self-nominations are also accepted. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2019 award category.
 
What are the criteria for the State of Florida National Small Business Week Award categories?
National and State Awards
Small Business Person of the Year: Nominees from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will compete for the title of the National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award. Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities. Previous award winners include Equator Coffee & Teas, Pacifica, and Missouri Star Quilt Company.  
 
Small Business Exporter of the Year: SBA’s Small Business Exporter of the Year recognizes individuals for their success and dedication to exporting products or services
 
State Awards:
Veteran Business Owner of the Year  This award honors an individual who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business and who has been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions. Nominees must have been in business a minimum of three years.
 
Minority Business Owner of the Year This award honors a minority who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must have been in business a minimum of three years.
 
Woman Business Owner of the Year This award honors a female who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must serve as a majority owner (51% or more) and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three year track record.
 
Youth Entrepreneur Business Owner of the Year To be considered a young entrepreneur, the nominee must be a majority owner (51% or more) and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2019.   
 
Small Business Community Partner of the Year This award honors any organization that assists entrepreneurs through advocacy and other efforts that raise the profile, effectiveness, health, vitality, growth, or expansion of small businesses in the SBA’s South Florida District Office territory.  These efforts can target specific segments of the small business population such as women, veterans, minorities, exporters, and those small firms located in rural communities.
 
Small Business Advocate of the Year This award honors an individual that assists entrepreneurs through advocacy and other efforts that raise the profile, effectiveness, health, vitality, growth, or expansion of small businesses in the SBA’s South Florida District Office territory.  These efforts can target specific segments of the small business population such as women, veterans, minorities, exporters, and those small firms located in rural communities.
 
Where are the nominations to be sent?
All National Awards should be submitted to the appropriate program office. Visit https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards for more information.
 
Send all other nomination packets to:
U.S. SBA South Florida District Office
ATTN: Heather Hines, Public Affairs Specialist
51 SW 1st Ave, Suite 201
Miami, Florida 33130
(305) 536-5844
 
*The South Florida District Office does not accept e-mail nominations.
**Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No applications will be returned.
***Please submit 1 Original and 2 Copies of the nomination packet.
 
What is the deadline for nominations? All nominations for must be postmarked, or hand delivered to the District Office no later than 3 p.m. ET on January 9, 2019.
 
What information must each nomination package contain? These are the requirements for all award categories, except the Advocate/Community Partner Awards which do NOT require the submission of nomination forms. Judging criteria for awards are available below or on the national small business week site, as applicable.  Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.
 
A complete awrd nomination package will include, in the following order:
  1. A local nomination form for the applicale categories;
  2. 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;
  3. Four to five additional photos of the nominee’s company and employees at work;
  4. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages;
  5. 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.
  6. All nominees must submit a completed SBA Form 3300Download Adobe Reader to read this link content, Award Nomination Form. For “team” nominations for Small Business Owner of the Year, a background form is required for each team member.
  7. Community Partner Awards do not require nomincation or background forms, however, the organization must be in good standing with all applicable federal laws.  
  8. Advocate Awards should include a clear description of how the Advocate has met all applicable judging criteria.
*** Additionally, these forms are required for the applicable categories:
SBA Form 3301Download Adobe Reader to read this link content for National Small Business Person of the Year
SBA Form 3302Download Adobe Reader to read this link content for National Small Business Exporter of the Year
 
Local SBA Nomination Form for all Florida Business Awards (below).
(D)-Distict; (S)-State; (N)-National