Small Business Administration extends deadline for annual awards nominations

The Small Business Administration has extended its deadline for submission of nominees for its prestigious local Small Business Awards to January 28. The awards recognize outstanding companies or individuals in several categories. 

“If you or someone you know has an inspiring small business success story to tell or maybe they’ve played a supporting role in strengthening small business, nominate them for one of our local awards,” the SBA said in a press release. 

Awards are presented at ceremonies during Small Business Week, which is scheduled for the first week in May. The SBA has celebrated Small Business Week for more than 50 years, recognizing “the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners,” according to the SBA.

The SBA defines a small business as those with less than 500 employees. Rhode Island is made up of well over 90 percent small businesses.

The deadline for submitting what the SBA calls its nomination package is 3 p.m. on January 28. It was previously, January 11. Complete information and filing instructions can be found on the SBA’s Rhode Island website:; or nationally at

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.

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