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National Small Business Week Awards

Awards to USA Businesses and Individuals to Recognize
Achievements in Operating or Supporting Small Businesses

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Deadline Date:

01/09/19 3:00 PM ET

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Awards to USA and territories small businesses, entrepreneurs, community members, firms, and contractors to recognize outstanding achievements in operating or supporting small businesses. The purpose of this program is to recognize the role small businesses play in driving innovations, creating 21st-century jobs, and increasing the country’s competitiveness in the global market.

Award Categories:

Small Business Person of the Year Award

Nominees from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will compete for the title of the National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award. Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities. Previous award winners include Landmark Pest Management, Maui Brewing CompanyEquator Coffee & Teas, Pacifica, and Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Small Business Exporter of the Year

SBA’s Small Business Exporter of the Year recognizes individuals for their success and dedication to exporting products or services. Previous winners include SeaDek, Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc., Sawyer Manufacturing Company and Baby Elephant Ears, Inc.

Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery

The Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery is given to a business owner whose efforts and contributions have enabled their business to recover successfully from a disaster.

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official

The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official is given to an individual whose efforts and contributions have enabled their community to recover successfully from a disaster.

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer

The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer is given to an individual whose efforts and contributions have enabled their community to recover successfully from a disaster.

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award

This award honors small businesses that have provided the government with outstanding goods and services as prime contractors.

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award

This award honors small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services as subcontractors.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence

This award recognizes large prime contractors that have documented excellence in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors. If a compliance review has been conducted in the past three years, the rating(s) received may not be less than outstanding. One award may be made in each of the following five categories: manufacturing, service, research and development, construction, and utilities. Firms that have received this award in any of the five categories within the past three years are not eligible for nomination.

8(a) Graduate of the Year Award

SBA will make the 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award to a formerly certified 8(a) Business Development Program participant that has graduated from the 8(a) Program for at least one year as of April 1, 2018. The firm does not have to currently be a small business.

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

This award honors a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Service Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses from diverse backgrounds and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.

Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award

This award honors the Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) for excellence in providing value to veterans and the veteran small business community by increasing the number of small businesses owned and controlled by veterans. The award should focus on the work of the VBOC and not on the host organization or the VBOC director.

Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

This award honors a Women’s Business Center (WBC) for its excellence and innovation in assisting diverse women entrepreneurs by providing a wide variety of training and counseling. The award should focus on the work of the WBC and not on the host organization or the women’s business center director. Organizations hosting multiple WBC grants may submit separate nominations for each WBC.

Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year

The Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year Award is presented to a mission-focused lender (Mission Lender) that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the creation, growth, and expansion of small businesses in underserved markets with a demonstrable impact on the communities it serves.

Small Business Investment Company of the Year

Awards are presented to the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), licensed pursuant to Section 301 of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, that has used the SBA Debenture program to enhance access to capital for America’s small business.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Small Business Person of the Year Award:

Eligible applicants:

-Any legal resident of the United States or its Territories who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business for a minimum of three years may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four (4).

-Individuals who have received one type of SBA assistance such as, but not limited to an SBA loan, SCORE counseling, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assistance, and Women’s Business Center (WBC) assistance, government contracting assistance, disaster assistance, Emerging Leaders Initiative, or Boots to Business training.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated for this award?

1) Individuals who have received the Small Business Person Award at the State level within the past three years;
2) Elected officials;
3) Individuals or teams who own or operate a business defined as “other than small” (i.e. large businesses) for its primary industry under the applicable SBA size standards; or
4) Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government.

Small Business Exporter of the Year:

Eligible applicants:

-Any legal resident of the United States or its Territories who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business for a minimum of three years may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four (4).

-Individuals who have received one type of SBA assistance such as, but not limited to an SBA loan, SCORE counseling, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assistance, and Women’s Business Center (WBC) assistance, government contracting assistance, disaster assistance, Emerging Leaders Initiative, or Boots to Business Training.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated for this award?

1) Individuals who have received the Small Business Exporter Award at the Regional level within the past three years;
2) Elected officials;
3) Individuals or teams who own or operate a business defined as “other than small” (i.e. large businesses) for its primary industry under the applicable SBA size standards; or
4) Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government

Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery:

-Any legal resident of the United States or its Territories who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business that suffered physical damage following a disaster during the previous fiscal year and received an SBA physical disaster loan may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four (4).

-Businesses that suffered a physical disaster loss and received an SBA disaster loan during fiscal years 2017 or 2018.

-Business that suffered losses in a disaster that occurred during fiscal year 2016 but did not receive an SBA disaster loan until fiscal year 2017.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated for this award?
Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government.

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official:

-A public official may be nominated for his/her outstanding contribution to a community’s recovery following a natural disaster which occurred during fiscal years 2017 or 2018. For purposes of this award, a public official is a person who has been elected to carry out some portion of a government’s powers, whether Federal, state, or local, or a person who has been appointed to a position at the Federal, state, or local level of government. In some cities, mayors or city council members are appointed, not elected. These “non- elected” officials are also eligible.

-Public officials who suffered a physical disaster in their community during fiscal years 2016 or 2017 are eligible for nomination.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated?
1) Corporate entities; or
2) Individuals who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government.

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer:

-A private-citizen volunteer may be nominated for his/her outstanding contribution to a community’s recovery following a natural disaster which occurred during the previous fiscal year. For purposes of this award, a private citizen volunteer is an individual who uses available resources to support the recovery efforts of the community.

-Volunteers who suffered a physical disaster in their community during fiscal years 2017 or 2018 are eligible for nomination.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated?
1) Corporate entities or
2) Individuals who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government.

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award:

-Firms must be defined as “small” according to applicable SBA size standards. For more information, contact the nearest Government Contracting Area Office.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated?
1) Firms that have received this award within the past three years or
2) Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government.

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award:

-Firms must be defined as “small” according to applicable SBA size standards. For more information, contact the nearest Government Contracting Area Office.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated?
1) Firms that have received this award at within the past three years or
2) Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence:

Nominees for this award must meet the following eligibility requirements. Consult your nearest SBA district office if you have questions.

1) Large prime contractors that have documented excellence in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
2) If a compliance review has been conducted in the past three years, the rating(s) received may not be less than outstanding
3) One award may be made in each of the following five categories: manufacturing, service, research and development, construction, and utilities.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated?
1) Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government or
2) Firms that have received this award in any of the five categories within the past three years are not eligible for nomination.

8(a) Graduate of the Year Award:

Nominees for this award must meet the following eligibility requirements. Consult your nearest SBA district office if you have questions.

1) Firm must have a demonstrated history of successful performance on 8(a) contracts while in the 8(a) Business Development Program;
2) Companies and/or their principal owner(s) must not appear on the suspended or debarred list as published at www.sam.gov;
3) Firm must still be primarily owned, managed, and controlled by the person(s) whom 8(a) eligibility was based at the time of participation;
4) The firm must show reduced reliance on 8(a) contracts; the most recent fiscal year-end financial statement must reflect non 8(a) sales of 50% or more of total sales;
5) Businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws;
6) If nominee or nominee’s firm has an SBA loan, payment record must be satisfactory and the loan must be current and in good standing;
7) Firm must be in satisfactory financial condition (i.e. financial capability: sufficient capitalization, financial performance, bonding capacity, manageable debts). Applicants are ineligible if it is found that the firm, or any of its principals, has failed to pay Federal financial obligations;
8) For government contracts, the nominee must have performed satisfactorily on all contracts, and have had no terminations for default;
9) Before SBA publicly announces any awards, nominee must be cleared by the SBA’s Office of Inspector General and EEO/CR offices;
10)The nominee must be a formerly certified 8(a) Business Development Program participant that graduated from the 8(a) Program for at least one year as of April 1, 2018 ; and
11)The firm does not have to be a small business.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated?
Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government.

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award:
Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government are not eligible

Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award:
Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government are not eligible.

Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award:
Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government are not eligible.

Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year:

1)To qualify, the nominee must be a participant in two or more of the following economic development loan or grant programs:
a) SBA’s Microloan Program, Community Advantage Program, CDC/504 Loan Program, Intermediary Lending Pilot Program (ILPP,) and/or PRIME;
b) Alternatively, the Mission Lender could be a participant in one of these programs and be a Department of Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI).
2) The nominee must have made a minimum of 10 loans in either, or some combination of, the SBA Microloan, ILPP or Community Advantage Loan Programs during the fiscal year. Having met the minimum criteria, the award will be based upon the number of loans made and the relative impact the particular Mission Lender has had on the communities it serves based on the judgment of the reviewing panel.; and
3) The nominee must have met the minimum requirements for consideration for the award will be asked to submit a model exemplary transaction and/or interaction with a small business(s) they have served during the fiscal year which they feel best epitomizes their organization’s mission, goals and community served.
- Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government are not eligible.

Small Business Investment Company of the Year:

-Only SBIC funds that have at least three years of operating history, are in good financial and regulatory standing, and have submitted their latest required annual Form 468 will be considered for the award.
-More than one SBIC may be selected for the award.

Who is NOT eligible to be nominated for this award?
1) Portfolio entities or
2) Individuals or firms who are currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government.

Pre-Application Information:

All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the nearest SBA Office no later than 3:00 PM ET on January 9, 2019.

National award winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, May 5-May 11, 2019.

Nomination requirements:

Federal agencies may nominate firms for the Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award.
a. Each Federal agency may nominate one firm for this award.
b. Small businesses may request this nomination from their federal agency customer.
c. Agencies are not required to support requests from small business.

Large federal prime contractors may nominate a firm for the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award. Each large federal prime contractor may nominate one firm for the award.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence is a self-nomination award program; large prime contractors nominate themselves.

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award:
1) Lead SBDC Centers may nominate SBDC Service Centers in their network.
2) Individuals or organizations dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including trade and professional associations and business organizations, may nominate an SBDC Service Center for this award.

Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award:
Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, such as trade and professional associations and business organizations.

Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award:
Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, the District of Columbia or US territories, such as trade and professional associations and business organizations, may submit nominations for this award.

For all other awards:
1) Individuals or organizations dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States such as trade and professional associations and business organizations.
2) Individuals (and lending institutions) may self-nominate.

See the Nominations Guidelines document for instructions on where to submit nomination forms.

Press release: https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-now-accepting-2019-national-small-business-week-awards-nominations

Contact Information:

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