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SBA to Hold Small Business Week: April 23-24

Maria Mitsova
March 26, 2007

The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold Small Business Week April 23-24, 2007. The two-day event will honor small business achievements of individuals and business owners.

The 2007 Small Business Week will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., where more than 100 outstanding small business owners from across the nation will be recognized at four major award events.

SBA will announce the National Small Business Person of the Year and runners-up, selected from among state winners who represent a diverse cross-section of American business.

This year the SBA will present awards to honor a number of individuals and organizations:
- The National Small Business Person of the Year, selected from the 53 State Small Business Persons for the Year.
- The Champion Awards, recognizing both individuals and organizations for their achievements on behalf of small business, including minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses.
- The Phoenix Awards, recognizing a public official, a business owner and a volunteer whose efforts have enabled their businesses or communities to successfully recover from a disaster.
- Export Lenders of the Year, honoring financial institutions for financing small business exporters.
- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, recognizing large prime contractors that have excelled in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
- The Gold Star Award, recognizing exemplary performance of federal staff who manage the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace.
- The Frances Perkins Vanguard Award, honoring government and industry for excellence in the use of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors.
- The Small Business Prime Contractor and Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, honoring small businesses that have provided government and industry with outstanding goods and services as prime or sub contractors.

State award winners and recipients of the Champion and other special awards are nominated by local trade associations, chambers of commerce and business organizations. During Small Business Week, award winners will meet with top administration officials, members of Congress and leaders of national business organizations.

Small Business Week 2007 is co-sponsored by SCORE, Sam’s Club, BAE Systems, IBM, and Raytheon.


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