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2017 North Florida Small Business Week Guidelines
2017 North Florida District Office
Small Business Week Awards
U.S. Small Business Administration
North Florida District Office
7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100B Jacksonville, FL 32256
Wilfredo J. Gonzalez
Championing North Florida’s Entrepreneurs
All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.
In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week. The national celebration will take place in May of 2017 in various cities across the Country. The U.S. Small Business Administration, often in conjunction with public- and private-sector small business supporters, will host special events at the local and state levels to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and advocate for small businesses.
2017 North Florida District Small Business Week Awards (Nomination criteria are available below)
National Awards (Accepted by the District Office):
Small Business Person of the Year
Small Business Exporter of the Year
District/State Level Awards (Accepted by the District Office):
Veteran Small Business Person of the Year
Minority Small Business Person of the Year
Woman Small Business Person of the Year
Small Business Advocate
Financial Services Advocate
Small Business Media Advocate
The Agency reserves the right, in its sole reasonable discretion, to remove a nominee from the selection process.
Deadline for Nominations:
January 10, 2017 no later than 3 PM.
What are the selection procedures for these awards?
The SBA North Florida District Office will select the winners of the Small Business Week Awards at the district level. Those winners will then compete at the State level against winners from the SBA South Florida District Office to determine the Florida winners. Winners at each level will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners at each level will be considered for awards at the next highest level.
The National Small Business Person of the Year is selected from the State level winners from across the nation by the SBA Administrator based on the recommendations of the Agency’s National Small Business Week panel of judges. The winner will be announced during National Small Business Week. Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.
Who is eligible to be nominated for these awards? Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four. All nominees for the Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Veteran Business Owner of the Year, Minority Business Owner of the Year, and Woman Business Owner of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards. Individuals who have received the SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year Award at the State level within the past five years are not eligible. Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. While receipt of SBA assistance is not required, it is preferred.
The North Florida District Office will accept nominations for individuals that own, operate, or advocate for businesses in the following 43 counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington Counties.
Who may submit nominations for these awards?
Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including, but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, may submit nominations for the Small Business Week Awards. Self-nominations are also accepted. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2017 award category.
Where are the nominations to be sent? All National Awards should be submitted to the appropriate program office. Visit https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards for more information.
Send all other nomination packets to:
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. SBA North Florida District Office
7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100B
Jacksonville, FL 32256
*The North Florida District Office does not accept e-mail nominations.
**Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No applications will be returned.
***Please submit 1 Original and 2 Copies of the nomination packet.
What is the deadline for nominations? All nominations for all North Florida District Office awards must be postmarked, or hand delivered to the District Office no later than January 10, 2017 no later than 3PM.
What information must each nomination package contain? These are the requirements for all award categories.
Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed.
A complete nomination package will also include, in the following order:
1. A local nomination form
2. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee; or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable;
3. Four to five additional photos of the nominee’s company and employees at work;
4. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages;
5. Any other supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation, and other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination. Supporting documentation must not exceed 10 pages. Videos will not be considered.
6. A completed SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form. For “team” nominations for Small Business Owner of the Year, a background form is required for each team member.
*** Additionally, these forms are required for the applicable categories:
SBA Form 3301 for National Small Business Person of the Year
SBA Form 3302 for National Small Business Exporter of the Year
Local SBA Nomination Form for all Florida Business Awards (below).
Advocate Awards should include a clear description of how the Advocate has met all applicable judging criteria.