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Own your own business? Have a favorite Mom & Pop Shop? Proud superhero advocate for USA’s backbone? “YO…Microphone check one, two, what is this?”

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is looking for small businesses with awesome stories to tell. Naturally, in our opinion, that’s all of you! Whether you’ve turned a long-time dream into a reality, have a unique triple bottom line, or landed a deal in a spectacular manner (to give just a few examples), you should nominate your business for the National Small Business Week Awards.Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 11.12.33 AM

The SBA has been recognizing the achievements of small businesses for more than 50 years. The deadline to apply is January 17th, 2014, and winners will be announced during small business week, which runs from May 12-16, 2014. Note that the SBA has different definitions of “small business” depending on industry, so be sure to check if you’re at all unsure about qualifying.

@DandB’s Event Marketing Manager, @Catmangan poses with Guidance Aviation CEO, John Stonecipher at 2012’s SBA Awards Gala

Last year, we honored small business owner John Stonecipher—CEO of Guidance Aviation—with the National Small Business Person of the Year Award.  John turned his childhood fascination with airplanes into a successful business. Today Guidance Aviation has a staff of 55, 14 aircrafts, and a waiting list of students ready to take flight.

So take a few minutes right now to nominate your small business, or make a little calendar date with yourself before you get swept away with the busy holidays. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this.

A win and nod of this size is unparalleled exposure, and may open doors to opportunities you never realized were possible. See also bragging rights.

Entry categories include:

  • 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
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award
  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

One final thought: If you don’t own a business, don’t qualify, or are currently residing on Mars for an indefinite vacay, think of a least one person who might be interested in this and let them know about it! It may just turn out to be the opportunity they need to become extraordinarily successful.

[CC photo credit Patrick Gage]