The West Virginia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is soliciting nominations for the 2014 Small Business Week Awards. Every year since 1963, the President has called for the nationwide celebration of Small Business Week to acknowledge the significant contributions of small businesses to the nation\u2019s economy. All nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.\r\nNational awards categories include National Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year. National awards can be submitted through SBA\u2019s online portal at nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov\/ or can be sent to the West Virginia District Office. The site also offers additional information, such as qualification and criteria, on the national awards. Winners of the national award categories will be invited to Washington, DC, in 2014 to compete for national titles and to attend National Small Business Week events.\r\nIn addition to the national awards, the West Virginia District Office is seeking nomination for the following district awards:\r\n\u2022 Entrepreneurial Success of the Year\r\n\u2022 Family-Owned Business of the Year\r\n\u2022 Young Entrepreneur of the Year\r\n\u2022 Financial Champion of the Year\r\n\u2022 Home-Based Champion of the Year\r\n\u2022 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year\r\n\u2022 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year\r\n\u2022 Women in Business Champion of the Year\r\nDistrict nominations must be submitted directly to the West Virginia District Office. Guidelines and nomination forms can be found on the SBA\u2019s West Virginia District Office web page at www.sba.gov\/wv or by contacting Nikki Bowmar at 304-623-7445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address for the West Virginia District Office is 320 West Pike Street, Suite 330, Clarksburg, WV 26301.