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U.S. Small Business Administration 2018 Small Business Award

Event Description

U.S. Small Business Administration

2018 North Carolina

Small Business Advocate 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 2018 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 April 29 – May 5, 2018.

The SBA North Carolina District Office recognizes those who advocate on behalf of veteran business owners, women business owners, and minority business owners.

Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women, veteran or minority business ownership may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners.

Nomination packages must hand delivered to the North Carolina District Office in Charlotte or postmarked by January 9, 2018. For more information call Mike Ernandes at 704-344-6588.

Criteria and package contents for:

Women Business Advocate

Minority Business Advocate

Veteran Business Advocate

Financial Services Advocate

2018 SBA North Carolina Veteran Advocate of the Year

Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancing small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be veterans.


1. Evidence of increased business opportunities for veterans as a result of the nominee’s actions.

2. Advisory activities to improve awareness of small business opportunities among veterans’


3. Demonstrate success in obtaining support within the community for the establishment of

veteran-owned small businesses

What information must the nomination package contain?

1) A completed background form (SBA Form 3300, Award Nominee Background Form) which is available at

2) An original 8" x 10" or 5" x 7" photo of the nominee or a digital photo – at least 300 dpi is required; photocopies are not acceptable.

3) A nomination letter addressing the qualities of the applicant that merit the advocate award.

4) Additional supporting documentation deemed significant by the nominator, including news clips, letters of recommendation, and other evidence of the appropriateness of the nomination (supporting documentation must not exceed 10 pages). Videos will not be considered.

Nominations due no later than January 9, 2018

SBA North Carolina District

Mike Ernandes

6302 Fairview Road, Ste. 300

Charlotte, NC 28210


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