The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 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,” the SBA says in a statement.
SBA administrator Linda McMahon says the program aims to highlight the contributions small businesses make to the nation.
“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,” McMahon says. “A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement.”
SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019 include the following:
- Small Business Person of the Year
- Small Business Exporter of the Year
- Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
- Federal Procurement Awards
- Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
- Small Business Investment Company of the Year
- Awards to SBA Resource Partners
All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2019. All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed applicants’ nearest SBA office. Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII), the organization says.
Previously, McMahon spent National Small Business Week on a a cross-country road trip, honoring small businesses and small business owners’ accomplishments in each place she visited.
To find your local district office, visit the SBA online.