The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for 12 different awards. Nominations will be taken until Friday, November 12. The Small Business, Small Business Champions, Entrepreneurial Success Award, and Resource Partner awards include different categories for appraising successful business people and companies. Below are the different awards and the criteria the awards are given:
The Small Business Person of the Year Award nominees will be evaluated based on staying power, sustained expansion, growth in number of employees, growth in revenues and/or unit volume, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity, and contributions to community oriented projects.
The Small Business Exporter of the Year Award will be named to an individual who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting.
The Small Business Award Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be given to a young entrepreneur. The individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2011.
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year Award will honor a family owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to the next. The owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator, or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a 15-year track record.
The Financial Services Champion of the Year Award will be given to an individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services for small businesses. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.
Home-Based Business Champion of the Year will be an individual who has experienced the rewards and difficulties of owning a home-based business and has volunteered to improve the climate for these businesses. Nominees may or may not be current small business owners.
The Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award will be named to an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to support the advancement of small business opportunities for minority business owners. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.
The Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year Award will be given to an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Nominees may or may not be veterans.
Women in Business Champion of the Year Award will be given on the basis that an individual has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.
The Entrepreneurial Success Award will be evaluated and given based on critieria similar to those for the Small Business Person of the Year award.
The Small Business Development Center of Excellence Award will honor a Small Development Center (SBDC) Service Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.
Finally, the Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award will honor a Women’s Business Center (WBC) for its excellence and innovation in assisting women entrepreneurs by providing a wide variety of training and counseling.
If you feel you know of nominees for any of the above awards, please contact Jim Carroll, Vice President of Small Business and Small Business Development Center director, by November 12 to submit your nomination(s). He can be reached at 757-664-2595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads is a non-profit affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Thomas Nelson Community College in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is part of a statewide network of business assistance headed by the Mason Center for Business and Public Policy at George Mason University, and funded primarily by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC provides management counseling, information, technical assistance, education, and training to small businesses in the region’s 18 cities and counties. It has been serving the greater Hampton Roads region and the Eastern Shore since 1990. Since its inception it has provided services to over 9,900 clients and assisted them in achieving over $208 million in economic impact as well as creating over 2,900 jobs.