SBA Extends Deadline for 2019 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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SANTA ANA –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.

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

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 to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination.  For contact information and other Orange County / Inland Empire District Office information visit online at


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): A business owner who has developed an outstanding, growing business with staying power, growth in number of employees over three years, has overcome adversity, designed innovative product(s), increased sales and profits and contributed to the community.  Business owner received SBA assistance. 

*EXPORTER OF THE YEAR:  A business owner operating for at least three years who has significantly increased export sales and has encouraged other firms to export, increased employment through exports, and used innovative methods to create markets abroad.  Business owner received SBA assistance.

*8(a) GRADUATE OF THE YEAR:  All formerly certified 8(a) business participants that graduated from the 8(a) program for at least a year as of April 1, 2017.  Evaluated on management, exceptional results, cost performance, innovation and economic engagement of the disadvantaged community. The firm does not have to currently be a small business. 

FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Family owned and operated business by a family or passed on to the next generation.  Nominees must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating the small business with a minimum of 5 year-track record. Evidence of success as measured by sales and profits, increased employment opportunities for family members and non-family members potential for long-term business success and community contributions.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: A business owner under 40 years old, running their own business, shows creativity, leadership, character, and determination. Also, shows response to adversity, growth in employees, staying power and contributions to community. Business must be profitable, show potential for growth.  Young entrepreneur must be in business for at least three years. 

SBIR/STTR GRANT RECIPIENT OF THE YEAR: Business or organization that received an SBIR or STTR grant award to further their concept.  Entity can demonstrate best use of investment funds to stimulate technical innovation, business impact, broader social and economic benefits with such product.  Entity must exemplify the mission and goals of the SBIR/STTR program.

WOMAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Woman owned business with a minimum of three years in business. Demonstrate business success and growth.  Show creativity, leadership, character, and determination.  

MICRO BUSINESS OF THE YEARHas a growing business with less than nine employees. Business shows staying power, increase in sales, contributions to the community and innovativeness of product or service.   Received assistance from the SBA network of resources and lenders.  Has been in business for more than one year.   

COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD: Any organization, department, or chamber that collaborates with local SBA District Office and Resource Partners that demonstrates helping build small businesses, including startups, by creating and implementing innovative programs, events, publications, and research materials. This success is demonstrated through success stories, job creation/retention and revenue growth resulting from these programs, events, and research materials.

VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR Nominees must have worked to increase business opportunities for veterans to own and prosper in small businesses, providing training and counseling to veterans and military spouses; collaboration with local SBA District Office and Resource Partners to deliver innovative programs, events and research materials. 

(*) Denotes a National Award Category and competes at National, State and Local levels – See Guidelines for National Award Categories


Note: To nominate a candidate or to obtain more information, contact Sylvia Gutierrez at (714) 560-7454 or send e-mail to  

(*) denotes a National award category.  All other categories compete at the district level tri-county area.  Submit complete packages to SBA Orange County/Inland Empire District Office, 5 Hutton Centre Drive, Suite 900, Santa Ana, CA  92707 by February 4, 2019.

***Deadline to Submit Nominations is February 4, 2019***


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 and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

About the Orange County / Inland Empire District Office 

The Orange County / Inland Empire District Office, under the leadership and vision of J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director, is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Located in Santa Ana near John Wayne Airport, the office and its staff facilitate understanding and access to SBA loan programs; coordinate and conduct hundreds of training sessions and special events annually such as matchmaking forums and loan workshops; and manage a portfolio of more than 100 businesses enrolled in the agency’s 8(a) business development program.