Nov 14 2016

SBA Now Accepting 2017 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

Are you a banker working with an outstanding Wyoming business?  Are you a SBA resource partner working with a successful small business?  Are you a small business owner with an amazing story to tell? Or are you a Chamber of Commerce with an outstanding small business member that should be recognized?  We want your nominations for the 2017 Small Business Administration Small Business Week Awards.

Small business and Wyoming go hand-in-hand.  Wyoming residents are not just independent, innovative and adaptable, they excel in entrepreneurship.  We need your nominations to showcase fellow innovative Wyomingites. 

Available Small Business Week Awards are:

The Small Business Person of the Year - This award is given to small businesses that demonstrate a substantiated history as an established business.  Other evaluation criteria includes, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovative product or service, response to adversity and the contributions by the nominee to aid community oriented projects.  The President of the United States recognizes contributions of the small business community to the American economy and society by proclamation each year. Small business selected at the state level will move forward to compete at the national level.

Exporter of the Year -  Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business that is engaged in exporting may be nominated. Partners who jointly own and operate a small business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four. A nominee for Small Business Exporter of the Year must own or operate a business defined as “small” for its primary industry under the applicable SBA size standards. Wyoming state winner will compete at the regional level and if successful at the regional level go on to the national level.

Spirit of Wyoming Award - SBA Wyoming District Office will make Small Business Spirit of Wyoming award at the district level.  This award will be presented to small businesses that demonstrate potential for success in the areas of growth in number of employees, increase in sales, steady growth of company and innovation and imagination in product/services.  The nominee should also demonstrate the “Spirit of Wyoming” with contributions to their local community and a demonstrated spirit of volunteerism and community involvement.  This is a statewide award.

Ready to nominate? Forms, criteria for the Small Business Person of the Year and the Exporter of the Year and guidelines are available online  www.sba.gov/nsbw   under the “awards” option.  You can also access all required forms at www.sba.gov/wy as well as the specific criteria for the Spirit of Wyoming award.  SBA Form 3301 is used for both the Small Business Person of the Year and the Spirit of Wyoming awards.  If you need additional assistance, please call the Wyoming District Office (307)261-6500.  Nominations must be submitted to the Wyoming District Office, P.O. Box 44001, Casper, WY 82602.  All nominations must be submitted no later than 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  SBA is no longer using the Small Business Week online portal.  All nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to the Wyoming District Office.  Email submissions of SBA nomination forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII).