2018 SBA Kentucky District Office Small Business Week Awards

For over 50 years, National Small Business Week has served as our nation’s salute to small business owners. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Callaway Golf, Chobani Yogurt, Dogfish Head Brewing Company and Tom’s of Maine.

SBA is accepting nominations for numerous awards, including SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year. The 2018 national celebration will take place in Washington, DC next spring. The SBA Kentucky District Office, in conjunction with public- and private-sector small business supporters, will participate in special events in the state to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and advocate for small businesses.

Kentucky District Office Small Business Awards

National Awards

2018 Small Business Person of the Year

2018 Small Business Exporter of the Year

2018 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award

Kentucky District Office Awards (Compete at the District Level only):

2018 Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year

2018 Kentucky Home Based Business of the Year

2018 Kentucky Minority Owned Small Business of the Year

2018 Kentucky Small Business Advocate of the Year

2018 Kentucky Small Business Media Advocate of the Year

2018 Kentucky Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year

2018 Kentucky Woman Owned Small Business of the Year

2018 Kentucky Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Other National Awards 

Federal Procurement Award – Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award

Federal Procurement Award – Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award

Federal Procurement Award – Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence

Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year Award

Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery

Phoenix Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery – Public Official  

Phoenix Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery – Volunteer

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year Award

Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year Award

Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

What is the Deadline for Nominations?

All nominations for Kentucky District Office awards and national awards must be postmarked or hand delivered to the District Office no later than 3:00 pm ET on January 9, 2018.

What are the selection procedures for these awards?

The SBA Kentucky District Office will select the winners of the Small Business Week Awards at the district level. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges.

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?

A nominee for the various small business awards must serve as majority owner (51% or more) and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum of a three year track record. 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. Other criteria apply for specific small business awards. Kentucky Advocacy Awards have different eligibility requirements. 

All nominees for the Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year and Kentucky’s Home Based Business of the Year, Minority Owned Business of the Year, Veteran Owned Business of the Year, Woman Owned Business of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards.

Individuals who have received the SBA and/or Kentucky’s Small Business of the Year Awards within the past three (3) years are not eligible. Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories for national awards and residents of and employed in Kentucky for state level awards and will be subject to background checks. Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. Receipt of some form of SBA assistance is required for all awards except Kentucky District Office Advocacy Awards.

Who may submit nominations for these awards?

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the U.S., 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 2018 small business week award. 

*** Note: Receipt of some form of SBA assistance is required for all awards except Kentucky District Office Advocacy Awards.***

Where are the nominations to be sent?

Three (3) copies of Kentucky nominations should be mailed or hand delivered to the SBA Kentucky District Office. Award forms are attached at the bottom of this article. Please include one original and two copies of any awards mailed or hand delivered to the district office. The Kentucky District Office does not accept e-mail nominations. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No applications will be returned. Send nominations to:

SBA Kentucky District Office

Attn: Small Business Week Awards Committee

600 Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Place, Room 188

Louisville, KY  40202

Where can I find nomination forms and additional information?

Nomination forms for 2018 Kentucky District Office awards can be found as attachments to this article (see below). You may also request a form or send questions to michael.ashcraft@sba.gov at the SBA Kentucky District Office or call (502) 582-5971, X 225.

What information must each nomination package contain?

Three (3) copies of nominations should be mailed or hand delivered to the SBA Kentucky District Office and must be typewritten on one side of 8½” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. A complete nomination package will also include, in the following order:

Note: Each award has specific evaluation/selection criteria that must be specifically addressed in the nomination packet. Refer to each award for details. All nomination packets should also include:

  1. A completed SBA Form 3315 District Office Award Form, specifying the district level award, which is available at the bottom of this article.

     

  2. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form), which is available at the bottom of this article and on the SBA National Small Business Week Awards site, https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards.

    Note: The winners for all awards will also be required to sign an SBA Authorization Release Grant of Materials form. The SBA Kentucky District Office will provide award winners with a copy of this form.

     

  3. A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages. The nominator is encouraged to copy and paste the evaluation/selection criteria and provide supporting information directly under each topic.

     

  4. 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.

     

  5. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee. A digital photo – at least 300 dpi, is preferred. Photocopies are not acceptable. For team nominations, a group photo is acceptable.

     

  6. Four to five additional photos of the nominee’s company and, if applicable, employees at work.

Note: There are additional requirements for Kentucky District Office awards. Read the specific award requirements and evaluation criteria for details.

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

All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.