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SBA Seeks Nominations for Small Business Community of the Year

February 11, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office is seeking nominations for its first annual Iowa SBA Small Business Community of the Year Award to be presented in May during Small Business Week 2015.

“Small business success is driven by a supportive environment,” said Jayne Armstrong, district director of the SBA’s Iowa District Office. “It is time to honor the Iowa community that best exemplifies an ideal collaborative economic environment for start-ups and small businesses.”

The winner of the award will be selected by officials from the SBA and its resource partners, the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the Women’s Business Center.

Communities wishing to nominate themselves are asked to address the following regarding their support of small business:

  • Identify key programs and incentives that your community has implemented to attract and retain small businesses
  • Briefly describe a recent small business success story in which your community contributed to its success
  • Describe how your community has leveraged its economic development resources with other federal, state, county and local programs to benefit your local small business community

Deadline for nominations is March 23, 2015. Nominations should be limited to a maximum of five pages (including attachments). Please e-mail, fax or mail the nomination to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
210 Walnut Street, Room #749
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 284-4522
Fax: (515) 284-4572
Email: thomas.lentell@sba.gov

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.