By Christopher Chavez
Special to The SUN
For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized outstanding small business owners for their contribution to the American economy and society during National Small Business Week, which will be celebrated in May of 2015.
The SBA’s Colorado District Office is currently accepting nominations for several award categories, including the Small Business Person of the Year. Awards will be made at the state, regional and national level in most categories. Nominations can be submitted by almost any entity, including the business owners themselves.
Nominations can now be submitted using the SBA’s online portal, which will help streamline and simplify the process. This is the third year SBA has used the online portal submission process. This dedicated Web portal, http://awards.sba.gov, provides information on the various award categories and nomination guidelines and makes it much easier to submit and track submissions of nomination packages. Nominations can still be submitted as a paper document by contacting the Colorado Small Business Week coordinator for an office address.
Nominators are encouraged to reference our 10 Tips for Writing Winning Small Business Week Nominations at 10 tips for writing a winning Small Business Week nomination package, http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/10-tips.pdf.
All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 1 p.m. MST, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. For more information, contact the SBA’s Colorado District Office Small Business Week coordinator at (303) 844-0508. We are encouraging nominations from throughout Colorado — including rural areas, Western Slope and eastern Colorado. Individuals can nominate themselves for these awards.