U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
01/09/19 3:00 PM ET
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.
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#: 178025
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