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SBA Award Nominations Due January 11

Shop Small logoIn 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. The SBA West Virginia District Office invites your participation in the district‐level Small Business Awards nomination process. Small Business Week is a special opportunity to celebrate local small business entrepreneurs and their successes and the outstanding community members dedicated to facilitating these successes.

Share the story of your favorite small business by nominating it for an award during Small Business Week!  District level award categories include:

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

Nominations are also now being accepted for the 2016 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.

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 pdf’s below.

About nominating—did you know:

  • The SBA has streamlined the process for nominating National and District Small Business Week winners. Easy to fill out forms are now available.
    • Click here for National Level award information.
    • Click here for District Level award information.
  • SBA assistance is not required to be eligible to win an award.  The SBA is available to help small businesses start, grow, and succeed but to win a National or District award, SBA assistance is not required.
  • You can self-nominate for awards.
  • Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community, including trade and professional associations and business organizations can nominate small businesses for National and District awards.  Examples of this include Chamber of Commerce Offices and Economic Development Authorities. Self-nominations are also permitted.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Nikki Bowmar at the information below! Nominations are due Jan. 11, 2016.