There is something special about shopping at a small business. Picture this: You walk into a locally owned gift shop. The shop is cozy, warm and decorated for the holidays. There is a display of handmade goods on a table up front made by local artisans. On one wall, there is a framed display with pictures and articles about the local youth hockey team that the shop sponsors. The woman behind the counter offers you a warm smile and a friendly hello. She introduces herself, she is the owner. She talks to you for a minute and helps you pick out a unique gift for your mother who is visiting from out of town. As you leave with your purchase in a paper bag with the shop’s logo on the front, she reminds you to, “Come again, soon!” You leave the shop knowing that not only do you have an interesting gift for your mother, but you also have a pleasant story you can tell her about your shopping experience when you tell your mother more about the gift.
While this might not be the experience you have shopping at a major retailer, this experience is pretty common at your locally owned small retail shops. And this isn’t something that happens just at the holidays, this is a customer focused experience you are likely to have any day when you visit a small business.
The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office is accepting nominations for its 2019 small business awards.
Previous Vermont winners include Ben and Jerry’s, Switchback Brewing Company and Mamava, the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year winner.
Since 1963, the SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to the nation’s economy.
The award categories are:
-Small Business Person of the Year
-Exporter of the Year
-Family-Owned Business of the Year
-Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
-Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
-Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
-Young Entrepreneur of the Year
-Microenterprise of the Year
To nominate a company for a district award, please email the following information about the nominee to email@example.com:
-Owner’s First and Last Name
-Name of Business
All nominations must be submitted by 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 9. Businesses may self-nominate.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-828-4422.