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Nominate a Kansas Business for a 2020 SBA National Small Business Week Award before it's too late!

Now Accepting Kansas Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year Nominations
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Michael Aumack (316) 269-6275

Nominating a small business or business champion for an SBA award is a terrific way to recognize their success and community contributions. The SBA Small Business awards highlight the winners as among Kansas' best during National Small Business Week, when the entire country is celebrating the 30 million small businesses that create jobs and community. 

Get started now and nominate a winner in your community (it could even be you!)

Send the following information to Aumack) with subject line AWARDS:

  • NOMINATOR:  Full name, phone, email
  • AWARD NOMINEE:  Full name, business name, address, phone, email
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION of why they should be considered

SBA will send the award nominee (with copy to nominator) the full awards criteria and forms, along with instructions to complete the award nomination package.

Final awards documents must be delivered by mail/by hand to the Wichita District Office by January 7, 2 pm Central Time. E-mailed packages cannot be accepted. The address is: 220 W. Douglas Avenue, Suite 450, Wichita, KS 67220.

We strongly recommend final packages be submitted by Monday, December 16 to get feedback and support in advance of the final deadline.

For questions, contact Michael Aumack, SBA Public Information Officer, at Michael.Aumack@sba.govor 316-269-6275.


  • Kansas Small Business Person of the Year: For developing an outstanding, growing business
  • Kansas Small Business Exporter of the Year: Significantly increased export sales and/or profits


Nominees for national awards must be a legal resident of the United States and owns/operates a small business for a minimum of three years; and received assistance from the SBA – such as help from an SBA loan, SCORE counseling, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assistance, Veteran’s Business Resource Center (VBRC) assistance, Women Business Center (WBC) assistance, government contracting assistance, disaster assistance, Emerging Leaders Initiative, or Boots to Business training.


(Partners who jointly own or operate the business may be nominated as a team, as long as the team does not exceed four.)

  • Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business
  • Growth in number of employees
  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume
  • Innovativeness of product or service
  • Response to adversity
  • Contributions to community-oriented projects
  • Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting
  • Creative overseas marketing strategies, with description of products & markets served
  • Effective solutions to export-related problems
  • Encouraged other small businesses to export
  • Effective use of federal and/or state trade promotion financing programs

Questions? Contact Michael Aumack at, or visit for more information on awards and National Small Business Week.