SBA Small Business Week Award Information

2020 WV Small Business Week

In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy, the President of the United States designates the first week in May of each year as National Small Business Week.

The SBA WV District Office invites you to participate in the Small Business Awards nomination process. Small Business Week is a special opportunity to celebrate local small business entrepreneurs, their successes, and the outstanding community members dedicated to serving them.

National level award categories include:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year


Criteria for national awards are not located in this packet. National award category information can be found at .


District level award categories include:

  • WV Rural-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • WV Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • WV Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • WV Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • WV Encore-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • WV Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • WV Young Entrepreneur Small Business of the Year



SBA WV District Office Award Information

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?
Nominees for this award must meet the following eligibility requirements. Consult the WV 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 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). To be nominated and receive one of these awards, the small business nominee must fit within the category of the award.
  2. Individuals who have received at least 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, SBIR/STTR, STEP grant, or Boots to Business training.

Who may submit nominations for these awards?
Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the state of West Virginia, including, but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations. Self-nominations are permitted.

Where are the nominations to be sent?
Nominations must be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Office at 320 West Pike Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

What is the deadline for nominations?
All nominations for the awards must be postmarked or hand delivered to the West Virginia SBA District Office no later than 3:00 PM ET, January 7, 2020.

What information must all District nomination packages contain?
Nominations must be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Office. It is recommended they are typewritten on one side of 8 1/2” x 11” white stationery, collated, and secured in a 1 1/2” binder.

All evaluation/selection criteria must be specifically addressed. A complete nomination package will also include, in the following order:

  1. A completed background form - SBA Form 3300. For “team” nominations, a background form is required for each team member.
  2. A completed National Small Business Week District Office Award Form 3315 (form below).
  3. The nominee’s business financial summary for the last three years, in the requested format.

Financial Summary


FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

Number of Employees




Total Sales





Net Profit

(Before Tax)





Total Assets





Total Liabilities





Net Worth





  1. An original 8”x10” or 5”x7” photo of the nominee or digital photo – at least 300 dpi is required; photocopies are not acceptable. For “team” nominations, a photo for each nominee or group photo is acceptable.
  2. 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 selection procedures for these awards?
The West Virginia District Office Small Business Awards will be selected by a panel of judges. If non-federal employees serve as judges they must sign a conflict of interest/non-disclosure certification.

SBA WV District Office Award Evaluation/Selection Criteria
District Office award criteria listed in document below.