SBA Now Accepting 2019 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

Release Date: 
Friday, August 3, 2018
Release Number: 
18-50 ND
Contact: 
sheri.weston@sba.gov

FARGO, ND - The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual 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.

“This is a great opportunity to recognize those small businesses that have contributed significantly to their local communities, developed creative products or made advances with innovative technologies,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement.  I encourage you to visit our dedicated website www.sba.gov/nsbw to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. I look forward to your nomination and wish you the best of luck.”

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019 include the following:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
    • One from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • 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)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center  Excellence in Service Award

All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2019.  All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the nearest SBA Office.  Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). 

North Dakota submissions may be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA at the following locations:

Sheri Weston
U.S. Small Business Administration
657 2nd Avenue North, Room 360
Fargo, ND 58102

Hetti Cekalla
U.S. Small Business Administration
1200 Memorial Highway
Bismarck, ND 58504

Eric Giltner
U.S. Small Business Administration
102 North 4th Street, Suite 104
Grand Forks, ND 58203

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

About the SBA North Dakota District Office
The SBA North Dakota District serves the state of North Dakota with locations in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks. SBA North Dakota District staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/nd or follow @SBA_NorthDakota for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.