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Small Business Week Awards nominations being accepted

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for its 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 the nation’s economy.

For 2016, the nomination criteria have been streamlined and simplified. In years past there were multiple forms, letters and documents required; now the nominees are only required to submit one form and questionnaire.

Criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination can be found online at

SBA awards to be presented in celebration of National Small Business Week, designated this year as May 2-6, include:

  • Small Business Person of the Year: One from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
  • Exporter of the Year;
  • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery;
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official;
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer;
  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year;
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year;
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors);
  • Graduate of the Year;
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year;
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year;
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award;
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award;
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year.

All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. on Jan. 11.

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