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SBA Extends Deadline for 2019 National and Local Small Business Week Awards Nominations

Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Release Number: 
20190129-001
Contact: 
robert.goza@sba.gov | www.sba.gov/pa

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA – Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards nominations.  Now, all nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, February 4, 2019.

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. A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement.

The dedicated website www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards  provides forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting nominations for national awards.  For more information about SBA programs and services visit www.sba.gov/pa SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week, 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 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). Visit the dedicated website www.sba.gov/nsbw to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. 

Nominations for National and Local Small Business Week Awards are currently being accepted by mail and in-person at SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, Parkview Tower, 1150 1st Ave., Ste. 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19460.  All nominations must be sent directly to SBA District Offices. All nominations must be postmarked or hand delivered to SBA no later than 3 p.m. ET on February 4, 2019.

Local SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Office Awards include: Entrepreneurial Success, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. For local award nomination guidelines and tips please go to Local Small Business Week Award Nomination Tips and Guidelines – Eastern Pa. District Office. Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted. For further information, contact Robert Goza at robert.goza@sba.gov or 610-382-3084.

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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.