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SBA Now Accepting 2018 Small Business Week Award Nominations throughout Minnesota

Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Release Number: 
17.23.MN
Contact: 
Sarah Swenty, 612-370-2316, sarah.swenty@sba.gov

MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting nominations for its 2018 National Small Business Week Awards, including the national Small Business Person of the Year.

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. Each year SBA’s Minnesota District Office participates in National Small Business Week by recognizing outstanding local small business owners and those who help them start and grow their businesses.

The SBA Minnesota District Office will recognize individuals and businesses in the following categories:

  • Encore Entrepreneur for business owners who started their business after age 50
  • Family-Owned Business for businesses that have been passed from one generation to another with at least a 15 year track record
  • Minority Champion for individuals who work to advance minority business ownership
  • Minority-Owned Small Business for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by at least one minority owner
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by at least one veteran owner or spouse of a veteran
  • Veteran Champion for individuals who work to advance veteran business ownership
  • Women-Owned Small Business for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by at least one woman owner
  • Women in Business Champion for individuals who work to advance women business ownership
  • Young Entrepreneur for business owners who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2018

Details on who qualifies for each award and how to apply can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xn23t.

These award categories will be recognized by the Minnesota District Office and go on for regional, and in most cases, national consideration:

  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • SBA Resource Partner Awards
    • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Small Business Person of the Year

Information on these awards and instructions for applying can be found at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/.

Additional SBA Awards given at the national level include the following:

  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year

Information on all the national awards and instructions for applying can be found at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/.

For tips on how to submit a winning nomination, visit https://go.usa.gov/xn2cx.

All nominations must be delivered by Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. All awards, both local and national, will be given in celebration of National Small Business Week, April 29 – May 5, 2018.

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About the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. http://www.sba.gov/mn

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