Nominations sought for SBA awards

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 9 for annual awards bestowed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The awards will be presented as part of National Small Business Week scheduled for May 5 to 11. The SBA has recognized the achievements of small businesses since 1963.

“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,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon.

“A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement,” McMahon said. “I encourage you to visit our dedicated website to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. I look forward to your nomination and wish you the best of luck.”

The SBA names a Small Business Person of the Year from each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. State and territorial winners in turn vie for the national award.

The SBA also presents awards to the Small Business  Exporter of the Year. In addition, the agency presents awards for disaster recovery, federal procurement and lending as well as awards that recognizes the efforts of small business development, women’s and veteran’s centers.

Nominations must be submitted by 3 p.m. Jan. 9. Nomination packages must be mailed or delivered by hand to SBA offices. In Colorado, the SBA operates regional and district offices in Denver. Information about SBA offices is available online at