SBA’s Online Portal Now Accepting 2015 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Release Number: 
14-59 So. Fla.
Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Contact: 
James Brooks, (305) 536-5521 ext. 104

MIAMI – The U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Office is proud to announce that SBA’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.

SBA has been following the mantra - Smart, Bold and Accessible in the way the agency conducts business. This is now the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process, a great and smart improvement from years past. The improved dedicated web portal http://awards.sba.gov/  provides all the guidelines and has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week.

"There are many outstanding entrepreneurs and small business advocates within SBA South Florida’s 24-county district.  This annual awards program is our way of recognizing that excellence,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero.  “The online portal is an excellent way for nominating a south Florida business person for a national award.  District and Florida small business award guidelines will be announced soon.”

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. For over 50 years, SBA will continue its tradition in honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses.

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week include the following awards:

  • National Small Business Person of the Year (chosen from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam)
  • Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)
  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
  • SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program)
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers)
  • Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations of SBA-funded WBCs)
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award (nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers)
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year 

All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s South Florida District Office, 100 South Biscayne Blvd. Seventh Floor, Miami FL 33131.