SBA Seeks Nominations for 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year & Champion Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion Awards.

 Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week.  The highlight of Small Business Week activities is the presentation of awards at the state and national levels.  The 2014 Small Business Week celebration next year will honor the small business community’s many contributions to the American economy and society.  National Small Business Week celebrations will occur in the Summer of 2014. 

 “You can be part of this celebration by nominating an outstanding small business owner or small business champion in your community for one of these awards,” said Janita Stewart, SBA Mississippi District Director.  

 The Mississippi SBA Small Business Person of the Year will be invited to attend the national celebration in Washington, DC to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award against winners from across the country. 

Small Business Champions of the Year award categories are for those who promote small business, including volunteering time and services to small business interests and groups. Champions may or may not be small business owners. Award categories include:

  • Small Business Exporter
  • Generational Family-Owned Small Business
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Minority Small Business Champion
  • Women in Business Champion
  • Veteran Small Business Champion
  • Home-Based Business Champion
  • Financial Services Champion
  • Entrepreneurial Success Award
  • Small Business Journalist      

Nomination packages must be received by the SBA Mississippi-Gulfport Branch Office on or before Friday, January 17, 2014.  Nominations for the 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year may be submitted electronically by web portal at

For nomination guidelines and additional information regarding the awards, visit the SBA Mississippi web site at or contact the SBA Mississippi District Office at (601) 965-4378, Gulfport Branch Office at (228) 863-4449.

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