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SBA accepting nominations for annual awards

smallbusinessJACKSON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion Awards.

Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week. The highlight of Small Business Week activities is the presentation of awards at the state and national levels. The 2015 Small Business Week celebration next year will honor the small business community’s many contributions to the American economy and society.  National Small Business Week celebrations will occur in the summer of 2015.

“You can be part of this celebration by nominating an outstanding small business owner or small business champion in your community for one of these awards,” said Janita Stewart, SBA Mississippi District Director. “In past years, we’ve had the pleasure of recognizing some outstanding small business owners and champions throughout our state that represented Mississippi well. We know there are many others out there deserving of this recognition; we just need to receive nominations in order for them to be considered. Self-nominations are also acceptable.”

The Mississippi SBA Small Business Person of the Year will be invited to attend the national celebration in Washington, D.C., to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award against winners from across the country.

Small Business Champions of the Year award categories are for those who promote small business, including volunteering time and services to small business interests and groups. Champions may or may not be small business owners.

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

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Generational Family-Owned Small Business
  • Minority Small Business Champion
  • Women in Business Champion
  • Veteran Small Business Champion
  • Home-Based Business Champion
  • Financial Services Champion
  • Entrepreneurial Success Award
  • Small Business Journalist
  • Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery)

Nomination packages for the Small Business Person of the Year can be submitted online, mailed or hand delivered. All other categories the nomination packages can be mailed or hand delivered. Packages mailed or hand delivered must be received by the SBA Mississippi-Gulfport Branch Office no later than 4 p.m., Jan. 16, 2015.

Small Business Person of the Year Nomination packages submitted through the online web portal must be uploaded and submitted no later than 3 p.m. ET, Jan. 5, 2015 at http://awards.sba.gov.

For nomination guidelines and additional information regarding the awards, visit the SBA Mississippi web site at www.sba.gov/ms or contact the SBA Mississippi District Office at (601) 965-4378 or Gulfport Branch Office at (228) 863-4449.



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