OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Small Business Administration Oklahoma District Office is seeking outstanding entrepreneurs and champions of small business to honor during National Small Business Week, May 3-9. Nominations are being accepted through 2 p.m. Jan. 7.

The Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year will be selected based on number of years in business, growth in employees, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity and contributions to the community. The Oklahoma award winner will go on to compete for 2020 National Small Business Person of the Year award. 

“Small business drives Oklahoma job growth,” said Dottie Overal, Oklahoma District director. “These awards recognize successful Oklahoma businesses while also serving as an inspiration to Oklahomans looking to own their own part of the American dream through small business success.”

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community in the United States may submit nominations for the following awards: 

1. Small Business Person of the Year.

2. Small Business Exporter of the Year.

3. 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

4. National Phoenix (Disaster Recovery) Awards.

5. SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

6. Family-Owned Business of the Year.

7. Encore Entrepreneur of the Year.

8. Entrepreneurial Success Award.

9. Home-Based Business of the Year.

10. Veteran-owned Small Business of the Year.

11. Manufacturer of the Year.

12. Small Business Champion of the Year.

Nomination packets are available from the Oklahoma District office of the SBA, and nominations may be sent directly to SBA’s Oklahoma District Office at 301 N.W. Sixth St., Oklahoma City, OK 73102. All nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to an SBA Office. Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted. 

To obtain a nomination packet or for more information, contact Larry Weatherford, (405) 609-8012 or Larry.Weatherford@SBA.gov

The Oklahoma District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. It also oversees the delivery of SBA's programs throughout the states such as:

• Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, and the Women’s Business Center. These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.

• Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.

• Business development assistance via the 8(a) program, available to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

• Veterans assistance through the Boots to Business program and dedicated lending programs for veterans.

Information: (405) 609-8000.

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