With the increased participation in loan programs through the Small Business Administration over the last two years, there should be an ample number of applicants vying for the agency’s annual Small Business Person of the Year award in the spring.
But you can’t hand out awards without nominations, and the deadline of Dec. 3 is pretty close, an SBA staffer told me last week. This being a government operation, there’s quite a bit of paperwork if you want to make it to the White House for the national awards celebration in May.
Besides Small Business Person of the Year, here are the awards up for grabs for ongoing enterprises: Small Business Exporter, SBA Young Entrepreneur, Family-owned Business, and Entrepreneurial Success.
Then, there are the honors for those who advise small businesses: Financial Services Champion, Home-based Business Champion, Minority Small Business Champion, Veteran Small Business Champion, and Women in Business Champion. (You can search for all the winners from 2010 here.)