A nomination may be submitted on behalf of an individual or partners

whose business is classified as a small business under the guidelines

of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is located in the seven-county area of Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper, Pulaski and Newton).


Ninety-eight percent of all businesses in Northwest Indiana are classified

as a small business. Individuals may be nominated in only one award category. The SBA definition of a small business as well as guidelines are contained in the awards criteria section of the nomination packet.


It is recommended that anyone nominating an individual consult with

them and solicit assistance from the nominee and his or her accountant, attorney, banker or other professional advisor, as well as key staff.


Suggest a meeting or lunch to review the information that is required.

You might want to suggest a team approach. At this meeting, carefully

review all the criteria within the given category, assign duties to each

member of the group and plan a date and time to regroup to go over the packet and check it for completeness.