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The Small Business Awards Luncheon honors the winners of the SBA’s annual South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards competition and the top SBA lenders of the previous fiscal year.  For more information about the SBA’s small business awards, see About the Awards.

Each year, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce partners with the US Small Business Administration, the SC Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, and the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership to recognize local small business leaders in several categories.

State awards categories are: Female Small Business Person of the Year, Minority Small Business Person of the Year, Veteran Small Business Person of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. These awards are evaluated at the state level. For information on qualifications for these awards and details on how to apply, click here. To access the nomination form, click here. NOMINATIONS DEADLINE is MARCH 1, 2017.

National awards categories are: Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award, Women’s Business Center of the Year Excellence Award and 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award.  These awards are evaluated at the state and national level. For description, guidelines and nomination forms click here. NOMINATIONS DEADLINE is JANUARY 10, 2017.