ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2003 Alaskan Small Business Person of the Year award and other awards.
"Owning a small business is a great American dream," said Frank Cox, SBA's director in Alaska in a statement. "Nominating a worthy small business owner is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge with pride and gratitude the contributions made by America's small business community to our nation's economic strength and quality of life."
Nominees for the Small Business Person of the Year Award must meet eligibility criteria, including staying power, growth in employment, increase in sales or unit volume, sustained improvement in financial condition, innovation, response to adversity, and evidence of contributions to his or her community.
Advocacy awards are presented to persons who have used their professional skills or personal talents to further public understanding and awareness of small business. Candidates must have taken an active role in creating opportunities to promote the interests of small business.
Advocate categories include: Women in Business, Home-based Business, Minority, Veteran, Financial Services, Research, and Journalism. An advocate winner doesn't have to be an entrepreneur.
Special awards are presented for Small Business Exporter and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Large companies that started as small businesses are honored with Entrepreneurial Success Award. The Phoenix Award will be given to individuals whose efforts have helped businesses or communities recover from a natural disaster. Four categories of Federal Procurement awards will be presented.
The SBA Alaska District Office must receive nominations no later than Dec. 6. Nomination guidelines are available on the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/opc/pubs/nominations2003.html, or contact the SBA Alaska District Office at (907) 271-4022.