WASHINGTON, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the 2016 National Small Business Week awardees for 17 different categories ranging from exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and research and development. Last week Contreras-Sweet announced the 54 Small Business Person of the Year state and territorial winners. These recipients are now competing for the 2016 National Small Business Person of the Year. All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on May 1-2.
“National Small Business Week is an important moment when we honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and renew our commitment to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that is central to small business success. This year’s recipients are educators and dynamic leaders in their respective small business fields. It is an honor to celebrate their hard work and success,” saidContreras-Sweet.
Awards announced today:
Exporter of the Year
Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year
Small Business Investment Company of the Year
SCORE Chapter of the Year
Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award
Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
Small Business Disaster Recovery
Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
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
Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 1-7 with national events planned inWashington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.
ABOUT THE U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov