AUGUSTA — Do you or someone you know have what it takes to become America’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for 2023? If so, the U.S. Small Business Administration wants to hear from you.

The SBA’s Maine District Office is ready to accept nominations for the 2023 National and District Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Visit the SBA’s dedicated website at to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. The Maine District Nomination Guidelines and district awards categories can be found on the district’s website at

SBA Awards given in celebration of National and District Small Business Week include the following:

Small Business Person of the Year (National and District)
Small Business Exporter (National and District)
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year (District)
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year (District)
Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year (District)
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year (District)
MicroEnterprise of the Year (District)
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (District)
Small Business Manufacturer of the Year (District)
Home-Based Business of the Year (District)
Financial Services Champion of the Year (District)

“We’re excited to once again take the opportunity to recognize the many fantastic small businesses across Maine,” said Diane Sturgeon, Maine district director. “These business owners do so much to support their communities, and we are happy to show them our support in return.”

The Maine District Office must receive all nominations by electronic submission ONLY to the district’s BOX account no later 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

For more information or a copy of the National/Maine District Nomination Guidelines, contact Keith Lind at