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2020 SBA Portland District Small Business Week Award Nomination Guide

National Small Business Week Awards

Do you or someone you know run an amazing small business that deserves recognition? This is your chance to earn state-wide and possibly nationwide recognition.

In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week. This year it will be ​May 3-9, 2020.

****Deadline for submission: 12:00 p.m. PT, January 7, 2020****

Find all the forms you need in the attachments directly below.

Before filling out the nomination forms, please review the complete 2020 SBA Portland District Office Nomination Guidelines to read this link content to ensure eligibility.*

Award Categories 

The SBA Portland District Office invites you to nominate a local small business and/or individual or organization to be considered for recognition for one of the following awards:

State Awards – Winners in these categories will move forward to compete for regional and/or national recognition on behalf of Oregon state :

  • Small Business Person of the Year

District Awards – Winners from Oregon and Southwest Washington in these categories will be recognized at the annual small business awards gala in Portland:

  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year -
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Nano Business of the Year

Champion Award – The winner in this category advocates and supports small businesses and will be recognized at the annual small business awards gala in Portland: 

  • Small Business Champion

Individuals may self-nominate. Nominees must be residents of the U.S. or its territories, will be subject to background checks, and must comply with federal civil rights laws. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one award category.

Deadline and Submission Guidelines

The deadline for nominations is 12 p.m. PT, Jan. 7, 2020.

All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA Portland District Office at:

SBA Portland District Office
620 SW Main Street, Suite 313
Portland, OR 97205

Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). 

In the attachments below, you'll find all the forms you need to submit your nomination(s) as well as the 2020 SBA Portland District Nomination Guide   - this serves as a local version of the National Small Business Week Awards Guidelines. It should answer your question on eligibility and how-to questions.

*To qualify for most SBA National Small Business Week Award categories, a business needs to have been in business for at least three years; received some type of SBA or SBA resource partner assistance – such as SCORE counseling or an SBA Guaranteed Loan; and achieved consistent growth in annual revenue and staff over the past three years. See the 2020 Seattle District Nomination Guide in the attachments below for full eligibility requirements. For questions, please contact Sean Wilson at sean.wilson@sba.gov (link sends e-mail) or call (503) 326-7251.