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Nominate a Business for the 2020 SBA Small Business Awards

For over 50 years, National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small business owners. As part of National Small Business Week, the SBA selects small businesses from each state to compete for the title of National Small Business Person of the Year.

Additionally, businesses may compete at the state level among other Maine businesses, with winners of each category competing for New England level awards. Past Maine winners have included: The Holy Donut, Flowfold, Wicked Whoopies, Coffee by Design, Gelato Fiasco, Getchell Ice, Tilson Technology and many more recognizable names.

The categories are as follows: 

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year  
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business 
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business 
  • Woman-Owned Small Business 
  • Minority-Owned Small Business 
  • Small Business Manufacturer
  • Financial Services Champion
  • Small Business Champion 

Nomination Cover Sheet

Required Background Form

Small Business Person of the Year Nomination Form

Small Business Exporter Nomination Form

All Other Categories Nomination Form

Initial nominations should be made by December 13th, 2019. If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Keith Lind at or 207-622-8551

To learn more about the nationally competed awards and to find nomination forms, visit or call (860) 240-465