“For centuries, America’s progress has been driven by pioneers who think big, take risks, and work hard.  Where their ideas take root, we find inventions that can change the way we live.  And when their businesses take off, they fuel an engine of economic growth and job creation that moves America forward.  During National Small Business Week, we celebrate the generations of entrepreneurs who have given their all to realize a dream, and we renew our promise to help their businesses grow, hire, and succeed.”

Barack Obama
President of the United States


Dear Supporters of America’s Small Business Community:

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  As you might know, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Thank you for helping find and nominate candidates for the most prestigious annual small business awards in America.

Warm regards,
Karen G. Mills

All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.


Award Information

  1. Small Business Person of the Year ‐‐ National and Eastern Missouri Award
  2. Small Business Exporter of the Year‐‐ National and Eastern Missouri Award
  3. Young Entrepreneur of the Year ‐‐ Eastern Missouri
  4. Family‐Owned Small Business of the Year ‐‐ Eastern Missouri
  5. Missouri Home Base Small Business of the Year ‐‐ Eastern Missouri
  6. Minority Owned Small Business of the Year ‐‐ Eastern Missouri
  7. Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year ‐‐ Eastern Missouri
  8. Woman Owned Small Business of the Year ‐‐ Eastern Missouri
  9. Rural Owned Small Business of the Year ‐‐ Eastern Missouri
  10. Entrepreneurial Success Award ‐‐ Eastern Missouri

Other necessary forms:
SBA Form 3300
SBA Form 2137


For more information contact:
Patricia L. Guttmann
Economic Development Specialist
HUBZone Liaison~Marketing and Outreach
Small Business Administration
1222 Spruce Street, Room 10.103
St. Louis, MO 63103-2831
(314) 539-6600, Ext. 255
Fax (314) 539-3785