SBA is Seeking Nominations for the 2021 Small Business Week Awards
Do you know a small business that has exceeded expectations – despite the COVID crisis? The SBA would like to feature them in a SBA Kansas Success Story article. We are also looking for nominations for the SBA 2021 Small Business Week Awards.
To be featured in a SBA Success Story article or be a nominee for one of the 2021 Small Business Awards, the small business must have received some sort of assistance from the SBA or our resource partners Kansas SBDC or SCORE.
The state and national award winners will be celebrated during National Small Business Week (May 3-7, 2021). The award eligibility and judging criteria details are summarized below:
Kansas Small Business Person of the Year or Kansas Small Business Exporter of the Year nominee eligibility criteria are:
- Legal resident;
- Owner or the chief executive of a small business that’s at least (3) three years old;
- Received one type of SBA assistance such as a SBA loan, Emerging Leaders program, SCORE counseling, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assistance, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) assistance, Women’s Business Center (WBC) assistance, government contracting assistance, disaster assistance, or Boots to Business training.
Small Business Person(s) of the Year Award nominee judging criteria (one or more of the following):
- Staying power — a substantiated history as an established business; including but not limited to expansion, exporting, addition of territories, or growth in square footage occupied;
- Growth in number of employees — Increases over the three years must be in excess of growth in Gross Domestic Product;
- Increase in sales, net profit, and net worth for the three prior calendar years, that is, 2017, 2018 and 2019;
- Response to adversity — examples of problems faced in the nominee’s business and the methods used to solve them; and
- Contributions to community-oriented projects — evidence of the use of his/her personal time and resources towards community-oriented projects.
Small Business Exporter of the Year Award nominee judging criteria (one or more of the following):
- Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting. Articulate what exporting has meant to the company (e.g. exports as a percentage of sales, jobs created by exporting, etc.);
- Creative overseas marketing strategies, exporting history, and current export markets;
- Effective solutions to export-related problems, including trade financing, payment, and currency issues, market-entry and logistical challenges, cultural differences, etc.;
- Demonstrated encouragement of other small businesses to export and/or volunteer assistance to other small businesses entering the export market;and/or effective use of Federal and/or State government trade promotion or financing programs.
If you have a successful small business that you believe should be featured in a Success Story or would be a good nominee for either award, please contact Michael Aumack and he will take it from there!
The SBA encourages all Americans to support local communities by shopping at small businesses on Saturday, November 28.
Celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday allows consumers to make a tremendous impact in their neighborhoods by supporting local small businesses. Last year, over 100 million consumers nationwide “shopped small” and spent over $17 billion on Small Business Saturday.
Supporting the local economy is the driving force behind Small Business Saturday, and shopping small is even more important this year during the COVID-19 crisis.
This year marks the eleventh Small Business Saturday, an annual celebration of America’s small business community. About half of all-American workers are either employed by a small business or own a small business. And two out of three net new jobs are created by small businesses. For more Small Business Saturday details, visit www.sba.gov/saturday.