Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office 2019 Small Business Week Application and Guidelines Supplement

National Small Business Week: May 5 - 11, 2019
Deadline for National Award Nominations: January 9, 2019 (2:00 p.m. CT)
Deadline for District Award Nominations: February 15, 2019 (4:30 p.m. CT)

Introduction

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.
Leading up to National Small Business Week (May 5-11, 2019), the district offices, often in collaboration with public-and private-sector small business supporters, seek district award nominations and organize special events to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs.
The nomination, eligibility criteria, selection process, evaluation criteria and time frame for the district level SBA Awards selected from nominated individuals or businesses are set forth below. The deadline for district office nominations is Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

The Agency reserves the right, in its sole reasonable discretion, to remove a nominee from the selection process. All nominees will be subject to background checks. Adverse information obtained through the background check, including compliance with Federal civil rights laws, may result in disqualification by SBA. Individuals or teams may not be nominated for more than one National Small Business Week 2019 award category. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges that may be comprised of SBA employees federal employees and/or non-federal employees. Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification. SBA employees may solicit nominations, but they cannot submit nominations on behalf of the nominee.

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

National Small Business Week Awards

National Small Business Week award categories include Small Business Person of the Year, Exporter of the Year, and other specialized awards. The award winners of the National categories will be recognized at the district level. Criteria for National awards are not located in this packet. National award category information can be found at www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards.

District Office Awards

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Home-Based Business of the Year
  • Minority Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Women Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Rural Owned Small Business of the Year

Nominees will compete for the District Office Award within an SBA District Office. Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities.

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?
Nominees for this award must meet the following eligibility requirements. Consult your nearest SBA district office if you have questions.

  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 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).

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated for this award?

  1. Individuals or teams who own or operate a business defined as “other than small” (i.e. large businesses) for its primary industry under the applicable SBA size standards
  2. Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government

Who may submit nominations for this award?

  1. Individuals or organizations dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States such as trade and professional associations and business organizations, may submit nominations.
  2. Individuals may self-nominate.

INFORMATION DISTRICT OFFICE NOMINATION PACKAGE MUST CONTAIN:

Nominations must contain the information below. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

  1. A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nominee Background Form) which is available at www.sba.gov/nsbw. For “team” nominations, a background form is required for each team member.
  2. A completed nomination form (SBA Form 3315, District Office Award).
  3. An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi is required; photocopies are not acceptable. For “team” nominations, a photo of each nominee or group photo is acceptable.
  4. Additional supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation, nomination letter (if not self-nominated) and other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination (supporting documentation must not exceed 10 pages). Videos will not be considered.

What are the evaluation/selection criteria?

In evaluating the nomination packages, the judges will look at the following criteria for each district award:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

To be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three-year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2019.

  1. Business’ staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales, improved financial position and innovativeness of product or service offered
  2. Contributions to community— evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources

Family-Owned Business of the Year

This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to another. The owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a 15-year track record.

  1. Business’ staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales, improved financial position and innovativeness of product or service offered
  2. Contributions to community— evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources

Home-Based Business of the Year

This award honors an individual who has experienced the rewards and difficulties of owning a home-based business. The business must be completely operated from home. The owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business. Must be in business a minimum of three years.

  1. Business’ staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales, improved financial position and innovativeness of product or service offered
  2. Contributions to community— evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources

Minority Owned Small Business of the Year

This award honors a minority-owned and operated business. The minority owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business. Must be in business a minimum of three years.

  1. Business’ staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales, improved financial position and innovativeness of product or service offered
  2. Contributions to community— evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources

Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year

This award honors a veteran-owned and operated business. The owner must serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business. Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” Must be in business a minimum of three years.

  1. Business’ staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales, improved financial position and innovativeness of product or service offered
  2. Contributions to community— evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources

Women Owned Small Business of the Year

This award honors a woman-owned and operated business. The woman owner must serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business. Must be in business a minimum of three years.

  1. Business’ staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales, improved financial position and innovativeness of product or service offered
  2. Contributions to community— evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources

Rural Owned Small Business of the Year

This award honors a rural-owned and operated business. The owner must serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business. Must be in business a minimum of three years.

  1. Business’ staying power, growth in employees, increase in sales, improved financial position and innovativeness of product or service offered
  2. Contributions to community— evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources

Where to Send Nominations

District nominations must be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office or the Corpus Christi Branch Office.

For those nominations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley please send or deliver to:

U. S. Small Business Administration
Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office
Attn: Veronica Z. Ortega
2422 E. Tyler Avenue, Suite E
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: 956-427-8533 ext. 233
Email: veronica.ortega@sba.gov

For those nominations in the Coastal Bend Area please send or deliver to:

U. S. Small Business Administration
Corpus Christi Branch Office
Attn: Elizabeth Soliz
2820 South Padre Island Drive, Suite 108
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Phone: 361-879-0017 ext. 301
Email: elizabeth.soliz@sba.gov

-Nominations will not be accepted electronically-
 

Key Dates

National Small Business Week: May 5 - 11, 2019
Deadline for National Award Nominations: January 9, 2019 (2:00 p.m. CT)
Deadline for District Award Nominations: February 15, 2019 (4:30 p.m. CT)

Selection Procedures for Awards

National awards will be selected at the district, state and national levels. In those states served by more than one SBA district office, each district office will select a district level winner and the State winner will be selected at the regional level. The National Small Business Person of the Year will be selected 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. District awards will be selected locally by a panel of judges that may be comprised of SBA employees federal employees and/or non-federal employees. Non-federal employees serving as judges must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification. SBA employees may solicit nominations, but they cannot submit nominations on behalf of the nominee. Awards given at the district level will be recognized locally.