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omb -- SBA Introduces New Online Portal for 2013 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 09:07:41
WASHINGTON – A new online portal has been launched by the US
Small Business Administration to accept nominations for its 2013
National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small
Business Person of the Year award.  

The dedicated web portal, accessible at
http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/, will make it easier to
submit and track submissions of nominees for Small Business Week
2013, and is now actively accepting nominations of noteworthy
small businesses. 

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 our nation’s
economy.  In 2013, the 50th year celebration will honor the
nation’s 27 million small businesses. 

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week
include the following awards: 

• National Small Business Person of the Year (chosen from among
state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam) 
• Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during
disaster recovery) 
• Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year 
• Small Business Subcontractor of the Year 
• The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large
prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and
• SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the
SBA’s 8(a) contracting program) 
• Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and
Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers)

• Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations
of SBA-funded WBCs) 
• Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
(nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers)  

In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly
to SBA District Offices, which can be located online at
http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-list/2.  All nominations must be
submitted or postmarked to the SBA by January 3, 2013. 
Winners of the Small Business Person of the Year awards and
winners in the other award categories will be invited to
Washington, D.C., to compete for national titles and to attend
National Small Business Week events in 2013. 

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Release Date: November 19, 2012	
Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059	
Release Number: 12-48	
Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news

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