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SBA extends deadline for ’19 National Small Business Week Awards nominations

Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards nominations to no later than 3 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2019.

“Since 1963, National Small
Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of small businesses,
and the contributions they make to their local communities and to our nation’s
economy,” said SBA Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands District Director Yvette
T. Collazo.

“A National Small Business Week
award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement, and
we encourage Puerto Rico and USVI business and community leaders to nominate an
individual that exemplifies perseverance, tenacity and commitment to small
business entrepreneurship,” she said.

For the Small Business Person
of the Year Award, the SBA seeks individuals whose companies have demonstrated
staying power, sustained growth, increase in sales, job creation and/or
retention, response to adversity, and social responsibility, among other
criteria. One Small Business Person of the Year will be selected from each of
the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the USVI, and Guam.

Other SBA Awards given in celebration
of National Small Business Week, May 5-11, 2019, include the following:

  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
  • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster
    Recovery, Public Official
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to
    Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards
  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for
    large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    Excellence and Innovation Center Award
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in
    Service Award

All Puerto Rico and USVI nomination
packages must be hand delivered or mailed to Angelique Adjutant, Public Affairs
Officer, at 273 Ponce de León Ave. Plaza 273, Suite 510, San Juan, PR

Email submissions of SBA awards
forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information,
the agency said. Visit the dedicated website to download forms, criteria and guidelines for
submitting a nomination.  For contact information and other District Office
go online.

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