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2020 North Florida District Office Small Business Week Nominations

2020 North Florida District Office

Small Business Week Awards

Nomination Guidelines

U.S. Small Business Administration

North Florida District Office

7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100B Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 443-1900

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 2020 in Washington, DC. 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.

2020 North Florida District Small Business Week Awards 

Please review national guidelines at 

National Awards (Accepted by the District Office) due by January 7, 2020: 

Other National Awards (not accepted by the District Office):

Questions related to other national awards or where they should be submitted may be directed to the appropriate SBA Office noted below: 

Disaster Field Offices

Government Contracting Area Offices

Office of Veterans Business Development

Office of Capital Access

Office of Investment and Innovation

***Prime Contractor, Subcontractor, and Eisenhower Award Nominations to be sent to: 

Angela Conley
U. S. Small Business Administration
233 Peachtree St., N.E., Suite 225
Atlanta, GA  30303
(404) 331-0162


District/State/Regional Level Awards (Accepted by the District Office – nomination criteria listed below)

Veteran Small Business Person of the Year

Minority Small Business Person of the Year

Woman Small Business Person of the Year

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Regional Award)

Rural Small Business Owner of the Year (Regional Award)

Second Chance Hiring Advocate of the Year (Regional Award)

Small Business Advocate of the Year

Community Partner of the Year

Small Business Media Advocate of the Year


*The Agency reserves the right, in its sole reasonable discretion, to remove a nominee from the selection process.


Deadline for Nominations:

Nominations for national and regional categories are due by January 7,  2020 no later than 3 PM.

Local/State nomination packets are due to the North Florida District Office by February 7, 2020 no later than 3pm.

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 awards judged by the North Florida District Office?

1) Any legal resident of the United States or its Territories who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business for a minimum of three years 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 (4).

2) Individuals who have received one type of SBA assistance such as, but not limited to an SBA loan, SCORE counseling, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assistance, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) assistance, Women’s Business Center (WBC) assistance, government contracting assistance, disaster assistance, Emerging Leaders Initiative, or Boots to Business training.

*Information about Advocate and Community Partner awards will be available in the documents attached below.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated for awards?

1) Individuals who have received an award at the State/District level within the past three years

2) Elected officials

3) Individuals or teams who own or operate a business defined as “other than small” (ie large businesses) for its primary industry under the applicable SBA size standards

4) Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government

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.

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 2020 award category.

Where are the nominations to be sent? District/State Level awards should be mailed or hand delivered to the SBA North Florida District Office. Please include one original and two copies of any nomination packets to the district office. The original nomination packet and additional copies should be submitted in one binder, with no plastic sleeves.

Send nominations to:

Nayana Sen

Public Affairs Specialist

U.S. SBA North Florida District Office

7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100B

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 443-1933

*The North Florida District Office does not accept e-mail nominations.

**Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No applications will be returned.

What is the deadline for nominations?

Nominations for national and regional categories are due by January 7,  2020 no later than 3 PM.

Local/State nomination packets are due to the North Florida District Office by February 7, 2020 no later than 3pm.

What information must each nomination package contain? These are the requirements for all award categories, except the Advocate/Community Partner Awards which do NOT require the submission of nomination forms. Judging criteria for awards are available below or on the national small business week site, as applicable.

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 nomination form (local or national per category). Local form attached below. 

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 or other awards, a background form is required for each team member.

7. Community Partner awards do not require nomination or background forms, however the organization must be in good standing with all applicable federal laws. All indivual advocate awards require a background form.