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Spirit of Small Business

For more than 15 years, the Business Times has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles District Office to bring you a special report that celebrates small business with profiles of innovative companies, how-to articles and a valuable resource guide.

This year’s categories are:

Pioneer Spirit Award: An established company that got its start with an SBIR grant or early stage loan or investment from an SBA program.

All In the Family Award: A family business that’s survived multiple generations.

Community Spirit Award: A small business that has partnered with one of our military bases or another government/education institution to advance entrepreneurship.

Small Business Advocate:  A person or organization that’s advocated successfully for small businesses in the region.

Look Back Award:  Spotlighting a past winner that’s achieved a significant milestone.

Green Business Award: An innovative small business in the environment/sustainability area.

Never say Never award: For a small business that’s successfully overcome obstacles.

Veteran Business Award: Recognizing a veteran-owned business

Think Global Award: For an exporter or international venture.

Entries will also be judged based upon the nominee’s record of success and community commitment, in addition to meeting the basic requirements of being Tri-County-based and having 100 or fewer employees. Past Spirit of Small Business winners are ineligible.

For more information on the section, email Special Reports Editor Chris Officer at [email protected]

To discuss sponsorship or advertising opportunities, contact Publisher Linda le Brock at
(805)845-2562 or [email protected].

  • Section publishes July 24, 2020
  • Nominations close June 12, 2020