The U.S. Small Business Administration Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands district office announced Tuesday that the agency’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.
This is the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process. The improved dedicated web portal provides all the guidelines and has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week, the agency said.
“Every year since 1963 the SBA has set aside one week to recognize the outstanding contributions small business owners and entrepreneurs make to our overall economy,” said SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo.
“As we continue with this tradition in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, I encourage the public to submit nominations for the 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, and honor the efforts and dedication of small businesses in your communities,” she said.
SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week include the following: National Small Business Person of the Year (chosen from among state award winners from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the USVI, and Guam); Phoenix Awards (recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery); Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year; Small Business Subcontractor of the Year; The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence (recognizes large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors); SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year (for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program); Exporter of the Year; Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Excellence and Innovation Award (nominations of SBA-funded SBDC Service Centers); Women’s Business Center (WBCs) of Excellence Award (nominations of SBA-funded WBCs); Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award (nominations of SBA-funded Veterans Business Outreach Centers); and, Small Business Investment Company of the Year.
All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m., Jan. 5, 2015.