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Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year   Eligibility Requirements: This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to the next. The owner must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with at least a 15-year track record. To be nominated to receive this award, the nominee must be an individual who owns and operates, or who bears principal responsibility for operating a business. Partners who jointly own and operate a business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the...

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Financial Services Champion of the Year

Financial Services Champion of the Year   Eligibility Requirements: An individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services for small businesses may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners. Selection Criteria: Outside of regular business duties, the amount and quality of assistance given small businesses to obtain financing. Advocacy for changes in the financial services industry to assist small companies. Encouragement of the flow of investment capital to small ventures. Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small firms. Measurable accomplishments...

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Home-Based Business Champion of the Year

Home-Based Business Champion of the Year   Eligibility Requirements: An individual who has experienced the rewards and difficulties of owning a home-based business and has volunteered to improve the climate for these businesses may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be current small business owners. Selection Criteria: Volunteer efforts to improve the conditions for home-based businesses. Entrepreneurial training, policy development efforts, or financial or business planning specifically tailored for home-based businesses. Demonstrated interest in home-based businesses by an owner or former owner. Measurable accomplishments in advancing home-based businesses, such as adoption of public policy or expansion of a...

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Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year   Eligibility Requirements: An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for minority business owners may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners. Selection Criteria: Volunteer efforts beyond business/professional responsibilities to advance minority small business interests within the community, state and/or nation. Demonstrated efforts to improve conditions in the minority small business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement. Volunteer efforts to provide professional services to the minority small business community in a legal, legislative, managerial or financial capacity....

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Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year   Eligibility Requirements: An individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. armed forces may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be veterans. Selection Criteria: Active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help small businesses. Evidence of increased business opportunities for veterans as a result of the nominee’s actions. Advisory activities to improve awareness of small business opportunities among veterans’ groups. Advocacy of special consideration for veteran-owned small businesses in government policymaking. Demonstrated success in obtaining support within the...

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