Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards nominations.
Now, all nominations – including those for SBA Delaware Small Business Week Awards – must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Feb. 4.
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the achievements of America’s small businesses.
At this year’s Delaware Small Business Awards Ceremony in May 2019, SBA’s Delaware Office will present several awards:
- Small Business Person of the Year
- Exporter of the Year
- Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
- Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
- Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
To nominate candidates for these awards, complete the appropriate nomination form, found at https://www.sba.gov/national-small-business-week/national-small-business-week-awards.
Nominations for these awards must be mailed or hand-delivered to the SBA Delaware District Office – 1105 N. Market Street, Lobby Level, Wilmington, Del. 19801.
“This is a national awards program, and many of the award winners from local and state small business award events are invited to the national celebration of National Small Business Week,” said John Fleming, SBA Delaware director. “Locally, award winners from Delaware and their nominators – in both national and local categories – are recognized at a high-profile awards ceremony and networking event, drawing some of the area’s top lenders, economic development organizations, and small business people, as well as elected officials and members of the press. Both the local and national recognition of award winners through this awards program celebrates the millions of small businesses in America that employ more than half the country’s private workforce and generate so many American innovations.”
Businesses are eligible to be nominated for the 2019 SBA Small Business Awards if they meet the following criteria:
- Qualify as a small business under SBA’s size standards, as found athttps://www.sba.gov/contracting/getting-started-contractor/make-sure-you-meet-sba-size-standards/table-small-business-size-standards
- Operating as a for-profit business; and
- In business for at least three years.
Delaware’s Small Business Awards is a local observance of the Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week.