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Small Business Award Nominations Sought

SBA LogoThe West Virginia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is soliciting nominations for the 2014 Small Business Week Awards. The annual awards acknowledge the significant contributions of small businesses to the state’s economy and the nation’s. All nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

First, the West Virginia District Office is seeking nominations for the following district awards:

  • Entrepreneurial Success of the Year
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Financial Champion of the Year
  • Home-Based Champion of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year

District nominations must be submitted directly to the West Virginia District Office. Guidelines and nomination forms can be found on the SBA’s West Virginia District Office web page at or by contacting Nikki Bowmar at (304) 623-7445 or The mailing address for the West Virginia District Office is 320 West Pike Street, Suite 330, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

There also are two national awards categories: National Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year. National awards can be submitted through SBA’s online portal at or can be sent to the West Virginia District Office. The site also offers additional information, such as qualification and criteria, on the national awards.  Winners of the national award categories will be invited to Washington, D.C., in 2014 to compete for national titles and to attend National Small Business Week events.