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New England Regional Office – December 2 2022

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Are You the Next Small Business Person of the Year?

Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.

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Mike Vlacich

Regional Administrator

New England Regional Office

U.S. Small Business Administration


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic small businesses across New England and the entire country have faced unimaginable challenges.  Business closures, loss of employees, loss of income, changing business models—these are the issues our nation’s small businesses have been dealing with since March of 2020.

Yet, throughout the pandemic, the American entrepreneurial spirit has helped us propel our nation forward. SBA is helping America’s small businesses rebuild and strengthen the U.S. economy, and we would like to honor these individuals for their resiliency and achievements during SBA’s 2023 National Small Business Week (NSBW). 

Here at the SBA we commend the sacrifices and accomplishments of the tenacious small business owners, surviving and thriving during a global health crisis.

In May of 2022, the SBA celebrated NSBW with a virtual awards ceremony as well as in-person events scattered across the country. Here in New England, we made a strong return to in-person events with all the district offices hosting at least one, and we are planning for in-person awards events for 2023 now.

NSBW is not new. We’ve been celebrating it for more than 50 years, and although our celebrations have been a little different the last couple of years, the message remains the same. NSBW is a time for us to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others who support entrepreneurship from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories. Every day, they are working to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation , and increase America’s global competitiveness.   

Now, I know small business owners don’t have any downtime, but while you are home over the weekend, I urge you to take a little time to put together a nomination package for your business. Filling out the required forms takes about an hour and a half, and this is time well spent; it is something good you can do for your business. As the Small Business Person of the Year for your state, you’d gain some recognition for your business and all your hard work at a national level. This could be good publicity. Last year, the Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year Greg Acerra of Fireking Baking Company was even recognized as the runner-up in the national competition. This year, I would love to see the National Small Business Person of the Year come from New England!

If you have and amazing story to tell, and you want to nominate yourself for a NSBW award, there is still time, but you have to act fast! All nominations must be submitted electronically no later that 3:00pm ET on December 8, 2022.  Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week in May 2023.

Watch Administrator Guzman’s NSBW Nominations Video

This could be you….

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Greg Acerra of Fireking Baking Company was the 2022 Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year. He was also Runner-up in the national competition.

National Award Categories

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Small Business Development Center Excellences and Innovation Award
  • Women’s Business Center of the Year

Step 1: Review the nomination criteria Start by reviewing the National Small Business Week Award Nominations Guidelines and review any nomination guidelines for District Office local award categories, as well as the above National awards, the nomination criteria and detailed submission instructions.

Step 2: Gather and complete the required forms All forms can be downloaded from the National Small Business Week website. Refer to the nomination guidelines to determine which forms to submit.

Step3: Submit your completed nomination electronically Submissions must be uploaded to the District office “upload link”. In New England the upload links can be found here:




                  New Hampshire                 

                  Rhode Island                        


Step 4: Watch your email for communication regarding your nomination

Local and Regional Awards Categories

In addition to the national awards categories listed above, the six offices across New England also offer the following local awards:

  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Owner
  • Veteran Small Business Owner
  • Woman Small Business Owner
  • Microenterprise
  • Young Entrepreneur – Must be 30 or under on June 1st 2023
  • Small Business Manufacturer
  • Homebased Business Champion
  • Financial Services Champion

To submit a nomination package for these local awards you will need to complete form 3300 found here: Award Nominee Background Form (sba.gov) and the district office award nomination form: Nomination Form for District Office Awards (sba.gov).  Upload  your completed nominations forms to your district office upload link found in the above.  Complete details can be found on your SBA district office website:

The deadline to submit is December 8, 2022 at 3pm ET. 

If you have questions about the local awards nominations process, email: region_1@sba.gov.