Deadline Approaching for National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

“This is a great opportunity to recognize those small businesses that have contributed significantly to their local communities, developed creative products or made advances with innovative technologies,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement. I look forward to your nomination and wish you the best of luck.”

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019 include the following:

National Awards

State Awards

Unless the guidelines specify otherwise, South Carolina award nomination packages should be sent to: 

SBA South Carolina District Office 1835 Assembly Street, Suite 1425 Columbia, SC 29201 Attention: Savannah Wilburn (803)253-3121 

All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2019.  Self-nominations are accepted. All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the South Carolina District Office.  Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII).

Link to award forms are provided in the titles of the awards above.

National Awards Guidelines

State Awards Guidelines

Nomination Background Form

Additional information can be found at

Award recipients will be recognized at the SC Salute to Small Business Awards Ceremony Luncheon on May 1, 2019 at the Columbia Convention Center. Recipients may go on to receive additional regional and national awards.