22 March 2007 — Washington (DC): The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is set to honour America’s top entrepreneurs — and name the National Small Business Person of the Year — at ceremonies in Washington.
Taking part during Small Business Week, the two-day celebration (23-24 April) will pay tribute to the small business accomplishments of individuals and business owners at four major award events.
"The SBA is proud to honour the entrepreneurial spirit of the men and women who have played such a key role in the success of the economy and the prosperity of our nation," said SBA Administrator Steven Preston. "I am proud to represent an agency that touches so many people’s lives, not only helping them realise their dreams, but doing so in a way that provides jobs, expands our economy, and supports innovation in our country."
The 2007 Small Business Week will be at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where more than 100 outstanding small business owners from across the US will be recognised.
A highlight will be announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year and runners-up, selected from among state winners who represent a diverse cross-section of American business, ranging from a sausage maker and wine café, to a bee keeper and dog salon.
This year, the SBA will present awards to honour a number of individuals and organizations:
• The National Small Business Person of the Year, selected from the 53 State Small Business Persons for the Year
• The Champion Awards, recognising both individuals and organizations for their achievements on behalf of small business, including minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses
• The Phoenix Awards, recognising a public official, a business owner and a volunteer whose efforts have enabled their businesses or communities to successfully recover from a disaster
• Export Lenders of the Year, honouring financial institutions for financing small business exporters
• The Dwight D Eisenhower Award for Excellence, recognising large prime contractors that have excelled in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors
• The Gold Star Award, recognising exemplary performance of federal staff who manage the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace
• The Frances Perkins Vanguard Award, honouring government and industry for excellence in the use of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors
• The Small Business Prime Contractor and Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, honouring small businesses that have provided government and industry with outstanding goods and services as prime or sub contractors.
This annual celebration honouring the nation’s leading small business entrepreneurs is cosponsored by SCORE, ‘Counselors to America’s Small Business’. For more information on Small Business Week 2007 events, including award winner biographies, visit www.sba.gov/sbw