Small-business owners know all about working long hours and not getting any recognition in the process. During National Small Business Week, the Small Business Administration aims to change this by recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs and small-business owners for their efforts in running successful businesses.
"As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small-business owners and others from all 50 states and United States territories," said Karen G. Mills, administrator of the SBA, in a statement. "Every day, they're working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America‘s global competitiveness."
With this in mind, nominations are now open for next year's National Small Business Week awards, which will take place May 20-26 in Washington, D.C. Nominations for small-business owners in the following categories will be accepted until Nov. 10.
- Small-Business Person of the Year (one from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam)
- Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year
- Entrepreneurial Success Award
- SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- Small-Business Champions
- For a complete list of awards visit the SBA website.
"More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year," Mills said.
National Small Business Week has been recognizing the efforts of small-business owners and entrepreneurs since 1963.
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