SBA seeks nominations for Awards!

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – The Orange County/Inland Empire SBA District Office is accepting nominations, due January 11, 2022, for the National and District Small Business Week Awards including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. 

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“This is a great opportunity to recognize small businesses that have contributed significantly to their local communities, developed creative products or made advances with innovative technologies,” said SBA Orange County/Inland Empire Director J. Adalberto Quijada. “A Small Business Week award is one of the highest honors for small business achievement. Visit our website to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. We look forward to your nomination and wish you the best of luck.”

The SBA Awards, given in celebration of National and District Small Business Week, include the following awards:

OCIE District Small Business Week Categories:

  • Small Business Person of the Year (National and District)
  • Small Business Exporter (National and District)
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award
  • Veteran Small Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Women’s Business Center of the Year Excellence Award
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year Award

Local Awards:

  • Community Excellence Award
  • Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Micro-Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

All nominations must be received by the District Office by electronic submission ONLY to the district’s BOX account, no later than 3:00 p.m. on January 11, 2022

To obtain information or receive a copy of the National/Orange County/Inland Empire District Office Nomination Guidelines, contact