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SBA is Accepting Nominations for the 2015 National Small Business Week Awards including Small Business Person of the Year
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Do you own (or know of) an outstanding small business deserving of recognition? The U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office is accepting nominations for the 2015 Small Business Week Awards, to include the prestigious Small Business Person of the Year award.

National Small Business Week Award nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the New York District Office no later than 3:00 p.m. on January 5th, 2015 for all awards.

Please review nomination guidelines below. For complete guidelines and to submit via the online nomination portal (national level awards only), please visit http://awards.sba.gov

The National Small Business Week Awards are:
Small Business Person of the Year Award
Small Business Exporter of the Year Award
Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery
Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
Federal Procurement Award- Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence
8(a) Graduate of the Year Award
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
Additionally, the following awards will be given at the Local New York District Office level:
Small Business Person of the Year Award
Small Business Exporter of the Year Award
New York District Office Young Entrepreneur Award
New York District Office Veteran Small Business Champion
New York District Office Women Small Business Champion
New York District Office Minority Small Business Champion
New York District Office Financial Service Champion
New York District Office Home-Based Business Champion
New York District Office Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
Small Business Persons of the Year Award
 
Eligibility: Any resident of the United States or its territories who owns and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate may be nominated as a team, as long as the number of individuals within the team does not exceed four members. Businesses are defined as small under the applicable SBA size standards. Individuals who have received this award at the state level within the past five years are not eligible. Nominees will be subject to background checks and small businesses must comply with federal civil rights laws.

Complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov
Submissions: Nominations must be submitted in one of two ways:
1) Nominations may be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located; or
2) Nominations may be submitted via the online nominations portal at http://awards.sba.gov.
by Jan. 5th, 2015.

Small Business Exporter of the Year Award
 
Eligibility: SBA will make the Small Business Exporter of the Year award eligible to small businesses at the district level (in multi-district states), the state level (from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam), the regional level and the national level. SBA will select one national winner from the Regional winners. Any individual, or team of individuals, who own and operate a small business that is defined as “small” under the applicable SBA size standards and is engaged in exporting may be nominated. Nominees must also be residents of and employed in the U.S. or its territories and will be subject to background checks.

Complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov


Submissions: Nominations must be submitted in one of two ways:
1) Nominations may be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located; or
2) Nominations may be submitted via the online nominations portal at http://awards.sba.gov.
by Jan. 5th, 2015.

Phoenix Awards
Phoenix awards are given to those individuals (business owners, volunteers, public officials) whose efforts and contributions have enabled their businesses or communities to recover successfully from a disaster that occurred during the previous fiscal year.

Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
Eligibility: Any individual who owns and operates a small business that suffered physical damage following a disaster during the previous fiscal year and received an SBA physical disaster loan may be nominated. Businesses that suffered a physical disaster loss and received a disaster loan during fiscal years 2013 or 2014 are eligible for nomination. A business that suffered losses in a disaster that occurred during fiscal year 2012, but did not receive an SBA disaster loan until fiscal year 2013 is also eligible for nomination. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2015 award category.

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery
Eligibility: This award may be presented to a private-citizen volunteer or public official who has made an outstanding contribution to a community’s recovery following a natural disaster which occurred during the previous fiscal year. Individuals or organizations dedicated to the support of the small business community may submit for this award, including but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2015 award category.

Complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov

Submissions: Send Phoenix nominee packages to SBA Disaster Field Operations Center – East,
101 Marietta Street NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30303, by January 5th, 2015 or,
Nominations may be submitted via the online nominations portal at http://awards.sba.gov.

Federal Procurement Awards
Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
Eligibility: Small businesses that have provided the government with outstanding goods and services as prime contractors and are defined as small according to applicable SBA size standards. Firms that have received this award within the past three years are not eligible.
Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
Eligibility: Small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services as subcontractors and are defined as small according to applicable SBA size standards. Firms that have received this award within the past three years are not eligible.
Federal Procurement Award- Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence
Eligibility: This award recognizes large prime contractors that have excelled in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors. 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.
Submissions: Nomination packages must be submitted by Jan. 5th, 2015 to the Government Contracting Office, Attn: Government Contracting Area Director, in which the nominating federal agency’s buying activity is located. See complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov
8(a) Graduate of the Year Award
Eligibility: All formerly certified 8(a) business participates that graduated from the 8(a) program for at least a year as of April 1, 2013. The firm does not have to currently be a small business. Nominees must be residents of the U.S. or its territories and subject to a background check. Businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights laws. Companies and/or their principal owner(s) must not appear on the suspended or debarred list as published by GSA.

Complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov
Submissions: Nominations must be submitted in one of two ways:
1) Nominations may be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located; or
2) Nominations may be submitted via the online nominations portal at http://awards.sba.gov.
by Jan. 5th, 2015.
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
Eligibility: This award honors a SBDC service center for excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation. Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, including an SBDC may nominate for this award.

Complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov
Submissions: Nominee packages are to be sent directly to SBA New York District Office by Jan. 5th, 2015.
Veterans Business Outreach Centers Excellence in Service Award
Eligibility: This award honors the VBOC 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. Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, may nominate for this award. Individual VBOCs may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2015 award category.

Complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov
Submissions: Nominations must be submitted in one of two ways:
1) Nominations may be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located; or
2) Nominations may be submitted via the online nominations portal at http://awards.sba.gov
by Jan. 5th, 2015.
Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
Eligibility: This award honors a WBC for its excellence and innovation in assisting 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. Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States, including but not limited to, trade and professional associations and business organizations, may nominate for this award. Individual WBC may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2015 award category.

Complete submission guidelines: http://awards.sba.gov
Submissions: Nominations must be submitted in one of two ways:
1) Nominations may be submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration district office in the state or territory where the nominee is located; or
2) Nominations may be submitted via the online nominations portal at http://awards.sba.gov.

New York District Office Local Awards:

The following awards are for individuals or organizations dedicated to supporting small businesses within their respective category. Nominations should include details of demonstrated accomplishments in terms of advocacy efforts and contributions obtained on a professional and voluntary basis as relevant to the particular award being sought. Individuals may not be nominated for more than one category.
New York District Office Young Entrepreneur Award of the Year
Eligibility: Guidelines for nominations will follow the same guideline principals as the Small Business Person of the Year award with the addition that all majority owners must not have exceeded the age of 30 years by June 1, 2015.
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
Eligibility: This award honors 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.
New York District Office Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Eligibility: This award honors a small business for fulfilling a commitment to the advancement of business opportunities for veterans.
New York District Office Women Small Business Champion of the Year
Eligibility: This award honors an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership. May or may not be a small business owner.
New York District Office Financial Services Champion of the Year
Eligibility: An individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services for small businesses may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.
New York District Office Home-Based Business Champion of the Year
Eligibility: 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 may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.
New York District Office Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
Eligibility: This award honors an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for minority entrepreneurship. Nominee may or may not be a small business owner.
Champion Award Nomination Package Documentation:
Nominations must be typewritten on one side of 8 ½” x 11” white stationery, collated and secured in a 1½” binder. A complete nomination package will include, in the following order:
A single cover page stating: nominee’s full name, title, (agency name, if applicable) business and home addresses with telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address; the award for which the nomination is being made; the nominator’s name, title, (agency name and/or buying activity name, if applicable) place of business, business address and telephone number and e-mail address (business owners are permitted to self-nominate); SBA assistance received, if applicable or if any (e.g., SBA loan, SCORE counseling, SBDC, VBOC, or WBC counseling or assistance, 8a program, etc.); one-paragraph description of the nominee’s business and/or professional occupation.
A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nomination Form). For team or partner nominations, a background form is required from each member.
An original 8” x 10” or 5” x 7” photo of the nominee; or a digital photo at least 300 dpi; photocopies are not acceptable.
A nomination letter, to include a concise statement of the qualities and performance that merit the award, not to exceed four pages.
A brief biography of the nominee, not to exceed one page.
Submissions: Nominees packages are to be sent directly to the New York District Office by January 5th, 2015.

Ms. Ana A. Hernandez
U.S. Small Business Administration
26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3100
New York, NY 10278.

For questions regarding NYDO local awards, please contact Elizabeth Abreu at (212) 264-2736 or at Elizabeth.abreau@sba.gov

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Please call Ms. Ana A. Hernandez at 212-264-5664 for details and required forms.
Nominations packages due to the New York District Office must arrive or be hand-delivered no later than January 5th, 2015.
Incomplete packages cannot be considered. Deadline strictly observed.

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