The U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Office announced that SBA’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards.

SBA has been following the mantra “Smart, Bold and Accessible” in the way the agency conducts business. This is now the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process, a great and smart improvement from years past. The improved dedicated web portal http://awards.sba.gov provides all the guidelines and has made it much easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business Week.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. For over 50 years, SBA will continue its tradition in honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses.

SBA Awards given in honor of National Small Business Week include National Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year.

All national nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 5. In addition to the portal, national nominations can also be sent directly to SBA’s West Virginia District Office; for contact information and other District Office information visit us online at www.sba.gov/wv, call 304-623-7445 or in person at 320 West Pike Street, Suite 330, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

In addition to the national awards, the West Virginia District Office is seeking nomination for the following district awards:

• Entrepreneurial Success of the Year

• Family-Owned Business of the Year

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year

• Financial Champion of the Year

• Home-Based Champion of the Year

• Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

• Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year

• Women in Business Champion of the Year

District nominations must be submitted directly to the West Virginia District Office. Guidelines and nomination forms can be found on the SBA’s West Virginia District Office web page at www.sba.gov/wv or by contacting Nikki Bowmar at 304-623-7445 or nikki.bowmar@sba.gov. The mailing address for the West Virginia District Office is 320 West Pike Street, Suite 330, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

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