WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has added a new award – the Small Business Exporter of the Year award – to the National Small Business Week 2013 awards celebration.
The SBA will honor a small business that is successfully engaged in exporting. A National award winner will be selected from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.
The award winner will be named during World Trade Month in May 2013. Detailed information – including eligibility requirements and required documents – are available at www.sba.gov.
The SBA has also extended the deadline to submit nominations for the Small Business Week awards until Jan. 31. Nominations will be accepted via the online portal at nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov and in hard copy form until the end of the month.
The national award categories for Small Business Week 2013 are:
National Small Business Person of the Year
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 contractors)
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)
Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., to receive their awards and to attend National Small Business Week events.