The US Chamber of commerce is accepting nominations for its first ever Small Business of the Year award which was created to pay tribute to the small business community and recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s 23 million small business owners. Seven finalists representing each region of the country will be recognized for their accomplishments and one outstanding business will be honored as the Small Business of the Year.
According to Giovanni Coratolo, Executive Director of the Chamber’s Small Business Council, the awards are intended to affirm the important roll small businesses play in the health of the nation’s economy and to shine the spotlight on some very deserving entrepreneurs. (We know a few of those, don’t we?)
The chamber will be accepting nominations until January 12, 2006. To be eligible, a company must have less than 250 employees and gross revenues of less than $10 million a year. Nominees will be evaluated on their success over the past year and achievement in the areas of financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement and customer service.
The winner will be announced during the Chamber’s Access 2006 Small Business Summit, taking place May 10-12, 2006 in Washington, DC. For an application form and complete eligibility details, visit the US Chamber of Commerce website.