SBA Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 Small Business Awards

National Small Business Week will be observed from May 5 – 11, 2019

PROVIDENCE, RI – Nominations are now being accepted by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the 2019 Small Business Awards. National award categories include, the SBA’s flagship award – Small Business Person of the Year – as well as Small Business Exporter of the Year.

Local and Regional award nomination will be accepted in the following categories: Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business, Minority Small Business Owner of the Year, Veteran Small Business Owner the Year, Woman Small Business Owner of the Year, Homebased Small Business Owner of the Year, Microenterprise of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, Small Business Manufacturer of the Year, and Financial Services Champion.

National winners will be honored during Small Business Week in Washington D.C., while local awardees will be honored at the Rhode Island “Salute to Small Business” Awards Luncheon. Nominations will be accepted until December 21, 2018 at 3:00pm EST.

Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community may submit nominations for these prestigious awards.

The Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year will also have the opportunity to participate in the National Small Business Week activities and will compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available at or by contacting Ryan Brissette at (401) 528-4630,


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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