Do you know someone who has excelled in his or her field of business? If so, now is the time to submit nominations for the annual U.S. Small Business awards.
The U.S. Small Business Administration launched the awards program in 1963 to recognize the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses and their contributions to their communities and the nation’s economy.
Nominations are being accepted for the following categories: Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year; Kentucky Home-Based Business of the Year; Kentucky Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year; Kentucky Small Business Advocate of the Year; Kentucky Small Business Media Advocate of the Year; Kentucky Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year; Kentucky Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year; and Kentucky Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Last year, the Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year, Debra Dudley, president and co-founder of Oscarware Inc. in Bonnieville, was the first runner-up for the national Small Business Person of the Year award. In 2016, David Dafoe, founder and CEO of Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville, was one of the four finalists for National Small Business Person of the Year.
All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2018. All nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to the nearest SBA Office. (Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information.)
For more information, including forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination, visit sba.gov/nsbw/awards. Additional information can also be obtained at sba.gov/ky or by emailing Michael Ashcraft at [email protected] or calling (502) 582-5971.