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Make a Big Deal out of Small Business

Nominations being accepted for local and national

Small Business Administration awards



PITTSBURGH – It’s time for community leaders to make a big deal out of local small business owners and perhaps catapult them to center stage in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) annual awards program designed to honor entrepreneurial excellence.


“We know small businesses are the backbone of the economy and employ approximately 50 percent of the nation’s workforce, said Carl Knoblock, Western Pennsylvania SBA district director.  “Additionally, successful small businesses help spur economic activity and civic pride through charitable donations of both time and money to assist their neighbors and better their community.”


According to Knoblock, an SBA nomination is the ideal platform to recognize an entrepreneur who exemplifies success in both the business and community sectors.


“We all know that small business owner that goes the extra mile to not only provide good jobs to area residents, but continually steps up to the plate to improve the neighborhood, because it’s their neighborhood too” he added. “Now is your chance to recognize that individual.”  


This spring, the SBA will set aside a day -- National Small Business Day – to honor the nation’s top small business owners. In Western Pennsylvania, the SBA will set aside three days to laud the region’s Small Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Exporter of the Year.


For more information on the nomination process, including all necessary forms, please contact the Janet Heyl of the Western Pennsylvania SBA District Office at 412-395-6560, ext. 103 or email janet.heyl@sba.gov or learn more online at: http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/user