As you reflect over the success your small business experienced in 2017, consider submitting your business for the U.S. Small Business Administration 2018 National Small Business Week Awards Program. The South Florida District Office is seeking nominations at the national and state level in the following categories:
• Small Business Person of the Year
• Small Business Exporter of the Year
• Veteran Business Owner of the Year
• Minority Business Owner of the Year
• Woman Business Owner of the Year
• Youth Entrepreneur Small Business Owner of the Year
• Small Business Community Partner of the Year
• Small Business Advocate of the Year
All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. SBA will no longer be using the Small Business Week online portal. All nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to the SBA Office.
The winners of the State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year and the Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year awards will advance to the national competition and be recognized during the National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 29-May 5.
Business owners and advocates can self-nominate. Descriptions of the award categories and instructions on how to nominate a person can be found online at the South Florida District Office Website. The website also includes other national-level small business award categories and nomination guidelines.
National awards categories are evaluated at the state and national level. For description, guidelines and nomination forms click on the link: https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards.
Email submissions of SBA National Small Business Week Award forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). All nominations maybe mailed to the U.S. Small Business Administration, South Florida District Office, Attn: Heather Hines, 100 S. Biscayne Blvd, 7th Floor, Miami, Florida 33131.