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SBA seeks nominations for 2010 awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the 2010 North Florida Small Businesssbalogosmall 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 2010 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 will be observed May 23 – 29, 2010. 

 “This is your opportunity to support North Florida’s small business community and to honor the hard work and dedication these entrepreneurs exhibit every day.  We look forward to receiving your nominations,” said SBA North Florida District Director Wilfredo J. Gonzalez.

In North Florida, the SBA District Office selects the 2010 North Florida Small Business Person of the Year.  That individual will attend the national celebration in Washington, DC, to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award. At this celebration, a national winner is selected from all the 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:

• Minority Small Business Champion,

• Veteran Small Business Champion,

• Financial Services Champion,

• Home-Based Business Champion,

• Women in Business Champion,

• Small Business Exporter of the Year,

• Jeffrey Butland Award for Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, and

• SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nomination packages must be received at the North Florida District Office in Jacksonville on or before Friday, November 13, 2009.  To find nomination guidelines and information for these and other awards visit the SBA North Florida web site:

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