SBA accepts nominations for small business awards

Honors celebrate innovative leaders

The U.S. Small Business Administration Seattle District Office is accepting nominations for its 2015 Washington State small business awards.

Winners are announced every May in conjunction with National Small Business Week. The nomination deadline is Thursday, Nov. 6.

Categories include Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter, Entrepreneurial Success Award (small business that has grown into a large business), Young Entrepreneur (under age 30 by June 1, 2015), Family-Owned Small Business, Financial Services Advocate, Minority Small Business Advocate, Veteran Small Business Advocate and Women in Business Advocate.

“Our annual awards recognition is one of my favorite programs of the year,” said Nancy Porzio, Seattle District Office director. “Celebrating the most innovative and community-minded business leaders in our state inspires me and my team to do all we can to support our local small businesses.”

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s 28 million small businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to the nation’s economy. Two out of every three new private-sector jobs in the U.S. are created by small businesses.

To nominate a person or business, visit