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SBA Now Accepting 2020 Small Business Week Award Nominations throughout Minnesota

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October 03, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the national Small Business Person of the Year.

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the inspiring achievements of America’s small businesses and the countless contributions they make to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. Each year SBA’s Minnesota District Office participates by recognizing outstanding local small business owners and those who help them start and grow their businesses.

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States may submit a nomination for National Small Business Week Awards.  Individuals may also self-nominate. Everyone is encouraged to identify and nominate the phenomenal, innovative small businesses and supportive champions in your community. For tips on how to submit a winning nomination, visit http://ow.ly/LJi250wzS36.

The SBA Minnesota District Office will recognize individuals and businesses in the following categories:
  • Encore Entrepreneur – for an individual who started their business after age 50
  • Family-Owned Small Business – for businesses with a 15 year track record that has been handed from one generation to another
  • Minority-Owned Small Business – for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more minorities
  • Minority Small Business Champion – for individuals who have advanced small business opportunities for minorities
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business - for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more Veterans, Active Duty Service members, Reservists, National Guard Members or their spouses
  • Veteran Small Business Champion - for individuals who have advanced small business opportunities for veterans
  • Women in Business Champion - for individuals who have advanced small business opportunities for women
  • Women-Owned Small Business - for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more women
  • Young Entrepreneur – for individuals who are majority owner and operator of a business and will not have turned age 30 by June 1, 2020

Submissions for Minnesota state awards must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Minnesota District Office by December 30, 2019. Details on who qualifies for each award and how to apply can be found at http://ow.ly/5gLP50wzRDR.

In addition to the state awards, SBA awards the following at the national level:
  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
    • 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
  • Federal Procurement Awards:
    • 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)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year

Information, forms and instructions for submitting national awards can be found at http://ow.ly/eweh50wzRMY. Submissions must be received at the appropriate program office by January 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more visit www.sba.gov.