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NSBW 2019

Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the SBA’s National Small Business Week awards.

Every year since 1963, the President proclaims National Small Business Week. In honor of Small Business Week, the SBA holds an annual small business awards competition.

That’s more than 50 years of celebrating small business owners who create two out of every three new jobs for Americans. Many household names were previous National Small Business Week award winners, including Ben and Jerry’s, Callaway Golf, Chobani, Dogfish Head, Stonyfield Farm, Pacifica, Landmark Pest Management, and Tom’s of Maine.

There is less than one month to get your application in to us. If a great candidate comes to mind for either the Small Business Person of the Year and the SBA Exporter of the Year Award, be sure to get your nomination package in to the SBA by January 9th. Self-nominations are accepted. Winners will be recognized during the 2019 National Small Business Week April 29th – May 5th. 

Nomination packages can be postmarked, or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, January 9th, 2019.

All nominees are required to fill out SBA Form 3300, the Award Background Form.
The Small Business Person of the Year Award application can be found here.
The Small Business Exporter of the Year application can be found here.

Mail or drop-off nomination packages to:

SBA Richmond District Office
ATTN: Kiana Perez
400 North 8th Street, Suite 1150
Richmond, VA

If you have any additional questions, contact Kiana Perez at 804-253-8907.

For Prime Contractor, Subcontractor, and Eisenhower Award nominations, see here.

Applications for Prime Contractor, Subcontractor and Eisenhower Awards can be sent to:

Ralph Buchanan
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20416
(202) 205-6539


Upcoming Events for Entrepreneurs

How To Start Your Own Business
Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am EST
Resource Partner
Central Virginia SBDC
Albemarle County Offices
401 McIntire Road, Room 235
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Registration Required

Build a Local Search Presence – A Google Livestream Workshop
Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 1:00pm EST
Resource Partner
Central Virginia SBDC
Orange County Board of Supervisors Rm
112 West Main Street
Orange, VA 22960
Registration Required

Building the Foundation for Your New Business
Small Business Development Center
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:00am EST
Resource Partner
Longwood Small Business Development Center
South Boston, VA
Registration Required


If you represent an SBA Resource Partner and would like your events to appear on our website and bi-weekly update, email Kiana Perez at kiana.perez@sba.gov