WASHINGTON – Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the 2017 National Small Business Week awardees for 16 different categories ranging from exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and research and development.
Last week McMahon announced the 54 Small Business Person of the Year state and territorial winners. These recipients are now competing for the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on April 30-May 1.
“More than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of three net new jobs in the U.S. each year. I couldn’t be prouder of all the awardees this year – they are working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. It is an honor during National Small Business Week to honor and celebrate their hard work and success,” McMahon said.
Awards announced today:
Exporter of the Year
Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year
Small Business Investment Company of the Year
SCORE Chapter of the Year
Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
o Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award
o Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
o Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
o Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
o Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
o Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
Federal Procurement Awards:
o Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
o Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
o Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors in Services, R&D and Manufacturing)
o 8(a) Graduate of the Year
Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.