SBA adds ‘Exporter of the Year’ to annual awards

nsbw-logo2013The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that it is adding a new award in celebration of National Small Business Week 2013. The “Small Business Exporter of the Year” award will recognize 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, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

The announcement of the Small Business Exporter of the Year award will be made during World Trade Month in May 2013.  Detailed information including eligibility and required documents for the national “Small Business Exporter of the Year” award is available here.

“Every day, there are more small businesses in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands gaining presence in the global marketplace, whether in the wholesale and retail industries or manufacturing and services,” said SBA Deputy District Director María de los Ángeles de Jesús.

“There is immeasurable talent to be recognized in the field of exports, and we encourage local trade promotion organizations, as well as business leaders, to submit nominations for this important award,” she said.

Nominations for the Small Business Exporter of the Year award are being accepted through the event’s online website launched last month, as well as in hard copy. SBA has extended the deadline to submit nominations, via the online portal and in hard copy form, to Jan. 31.

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