December 08, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Nominate Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs for Achievement Awards

Deadline for nominations is January 11th

Washington, D.C. ?  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to nominate West Virginia small businesses and entrepreneurs for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2016 Small Business Week awards and for the West Virginia’s District Office awards. Winners of the West Virginia District Office awards will compete for national titles. Winner of national titles will attend National Small Business Week activities in Washington, D.C. in May 2016. All nominations are due by Monday, January 11th.

“With over 120,000 small businesses in West Virginia, I encourage all of our residents to help recognize the great achievements of our small businesses and entrepreneurs by nominating them for one of these outstanding awards,” Senator Manchin said. “West Virginia’s small businesses make up 96 percent of our state’s economy, provide thousands of good-paying jobs and goods and services we rely on daily. These awards are an opportunity to thank our local businesses for making our state an ideal place to live and do business.”

SBA is seeking national nominations for the following awards: Small Business Person of the Year Awards, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery, Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award, Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award, Federal Procurement Award- Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, Graduate of the Year Award, Small Business, Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award, Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award and Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award.

To nationally nominate a small business or entrepreneur, please use the Small Business Week Nomination Portal, or send to the SBA’s West Virginia District Office at 320 West Pike Street, Suite 330, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

In addition to national awards, the West Virginia District Office is seeking nominations for the following district awards: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, Encore Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year, Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Small Business Champion of the Year and Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year.

District nominations must be submitted directly to the West Virginia District Office. Guidelines and nomination forms can be found on the SBA’s West Virginia District Office web page at or by contacting Nikki Bowmar at (304) 623-7445 or sends e-mail).