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Indiana District Office National Small Business Week Awards 2018

How to Put Together a Winning Nomination Package

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Award Categories • Small Business Person of the Year • Exporter of the Year • 8(a) Graduate of the Year • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

• Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

What judges look for in a company • Staying power • Economic impact • Contributions to society

• Innovativeness • Overcoming obstacles • A compelling story

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nominee Benefits • Free media—social and traditional • Increased community credibility • Increased trust • Opportunity to be recognized by employees, customers, and colleagues • Opportunity to draw attention to partnerships in the community

• Opportunity to tell your company’s fantastic story

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nominator Benefits • Free media—social and traditional

• Increased community credibility • Increased trust • Opportunity to recognize employees, customers, and colleagues • Opportunity to draw attention to small business in your community • Opportunity to tell you company’s story and how you are there for your community

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nomination Forms • Small Business Person of the Year Award • Exporter of the Year • 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award • Don’t forget!! All nominees are required to complete SBA Background

Form 3300

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018 Nomination Package Checklist  Completed SBA Background Form 3300 •

For team nominations, a completed SBA Background Form 3300 is required for each member of the team

 Completed nomination form  An original 8x10 or 5x7 photo of each nominee •

If sending a digital photo, it must be at least 300dpi



Photocopies WILL NOT be accepted. Photos must be originals or 300+dpi digitals

 Supporting documentation such as: Media clippings

Community awards

Letters of recommendation

Organizational awards

Nomination letter

Customer testimonials

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018 Nomination Package Tips—Part 1 • The basics • Number of employees • Annual sales in 2014, 2015, and 2016 • North American Industrial Classification code: http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics

• Make sure that the company being nominated meets SBA Size Standards • http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/contractingofficials/eligibility-size-standards

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nomination Package Tips—Part 2 • Tell a great story! • What makes this company unique? • What makes them different?

• How are they innovative? • How do they make you smile? • How many great paying jobs have they created? • Emphasize accomplishments!

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nomination Package Tips—Do! • Organize the package according to the guidelines

• Label sections/pages in order • Be specific when siting examples of excellence • Include articles, accolades and media coverage that showcases the business • Include letters of support from respected colleagues, community, and

business leaders (…and start contacting them for their letters of support NOW!)

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nomination Package Tips—Don’t! • Omit any sections • Omit the pictures • Exceed the page limit • Delay putting the package together • Miss the deadline

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nomination Package Delivery • Completed nomination package MUST be MAILED or HAND-DELIVERED to the Indiana District Office no later than January 9, 2018 • Address package as follows: SBA Indiana District Office ATTN: LAURA SCHAFSNITZ 8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400 Indianapolis, IN 46240

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nomination Package Deadline • JANUARY 9, 2018

• JANUARY 9, 2018

• JANUARY 9, 2018

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

What Happens Next • Winners of Small Business, Exporter, and 8(a) Graduate of the Year are submitted to SBA Headquarters to contend for national level awards • National awards will be awarded during National Small Business Week events in Washington D.C. during the week of April 29 – May 5, 2018 • State awards will be awarded during a luncheon in Indianapolis during

the week of April 29 -- May 5, 2018

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

Nomination Package Deadline--REMINDER • JANUARY 9, 2018

• JANUARY 9, 2018

• JANUARY 9, 2018

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Indiana District Office NSBW Awards 2018

SBA Indiana District Office Point of Contact Laura Schafsnitz [email protected] 317-226-7272 ext. 140

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