The program recognizes SBA-assisted small businesses for the contributions they have made to their communities and the economy.
SBA New Jersey brought $40 billion to small businesses through COVID-19 economic aid programs on top of fiscal year 2021’s $1.3 billion in traditional lending.
“The past 20 months have been challenging as small businesses have adapted and pivoted to meet the demands of COVID across New Jersey’s 21 counties. That’s why we’re asking our neighbors to nominate a small business owner who has used an SBA program like the Paycheck Protection Program, COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant or any of our traditional funding programs or resource partner services,” said District Director Al Titone in a statement.
Self-nominations and nominations of others will be accepted. Nominations must be submitted electronically by 3 p.m. on Jan. 11. Awards will be presented during National Small Business Week in early May 2022.
Nominations can be made in several categories, including:
Small Business Person of the Year
Small Business Exporter of the Year
Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
–Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
–Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
–Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
Federal Procurement Awards:
–Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
–Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
–Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
–8(a) Graduate of the Year
Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
–Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
–Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
–Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
–Small Business Investment Company of the Year
Winners of the New Jersey district office Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year awards will also be sent to the SBA Atlantic Regional Office for judging, and one regional winner will be named and sent to Washington for consideration for national honors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]