Small Business Awards

SAME wants to recognize you!

Please review the criteria and nomination information noted below, prepare your nomination packet and submit it by COB Friday, October 13, 2017 **Extended Deadline**. All Small Business Awards nominations must be submitted to SAME National Office using our online nomination process. Awards will be presented at the SAME Small Business Conference for Federal Engineering, Construction and Environmental Programs (SBC). The 2017 SBC is being held November 15-17, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The SAME Small Business Awards is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of small businesses, individuals who work as advocates for furthering small business interests, and large businesses that work to strengthen and support small business.

Each company receiving the 2017 Small Business and Large Business Awards will be rewarded with a complimentary exhibit booth at the following year's SAME Small Business Conference!

The individual recipients of the 2017 Small Business Advocate and Post Small Business Liaison Officer Awards will receive complimentary registration and housing at the 2017 SAME Small Business Conference!


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

**Nominations are now open.**

  • Small Business Award: can be self-nominated and must be a SAME Sustaining Member Company in good standing prior to January 1, 2017, to be eligible for these awards.
  • Large Business Award: can be self-nominated and must be a SAME Sustaining Member Company in good standing prior to January 1 2017, to be eligible for these awards.
  • Industry Small Business Advocate Award: can be self nominated. The nominee must be a SAME Member in good standing and have been an SAME member prior to January 1, 2017. The nomination must be accompanied by endorsements from two or more SAME small business owners.
  • Post Small Business Liaison Officer Award: can be self nominated. The nominee must be member of a Post Board of Direction as the named PSBLO or Post Officer to be eligible. The PSBLO Award is based on achieving specific criteria segmented into three focus areas: SAME Post Participation, Small Business Council Participation, and Small Business Advocacy Outside SAME. Click here to see the full criteria for the PSBLO Award.
  • NOTE: Firms that have won an award within the past three years (2014-2016) are not eligible to apply in the same category.

AWARD CRITERIA

Small Business Award Criteria (One Award)
The nominee should meet all of the following criteria for work completed for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy or U.S. Air Force within the last five years from nomination due date (
October 13, 2017 **Extended Deadline**) in an outstanding manner as evidenced by:

  • Letters of commendations, awards, previous project evaluations, etc. to show past performance from client or prime contractor.
  • Company’s track record for working with other Small Businesses in the Industry
  • Company’s track record for the professional development of its employees through participation in SAME education and training activities; and
  • Company participation in one or more small business conferences (e.g. 2016 SAME Small Business Conference, Veteran-Owned Small Business Conference, an SAME Post-sponsored small business conference, etc.).

Large Business Award Criteria (One Award)
The nominee should meet all of the following criteria for work completed for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy or U.S. Air Force within the last five years from nomination due date (October 13, 2017 **Extended Deadline**) in an outstanding manner as evidenced by:

  • Small business subcontracting performance as evidenced by Summary Subcontracting Reports (SSR’s) within the past three years;
  • Description of the efforts to support small business programs and the result of such efforts (Number of small businesses subcontracted to and subcontracting dollars to small businesses)
  • Letters of recognition or awards from DOD agencies or the Small Business Administration (SBA) for outstanding small business utilization and/or SBA subcontracting program review ratings;
  • Company’s demonstrated support for the internal training of the nominee’s program/project managers on how to involve and support small business initiatives; and
  • Company’s participation in one or more small business conferences (e.g., SAME Small Business Conference, Veteran-Owned Small Business Conference, SAME Post-sponsored small business conference, etc.).

Industry Small Business Advocate Award (One Award)
This award recognizes an individual from industry who has been an outstanding spokesperson and advocate for small business. The award recognizes efforts and actions accomplished for programs within the past three years. This person may be the Small Business Advocate within a Large Business.

Selection Criteria

  • The nomination must show examples of how the nominee worked on small business issues with SBA, DOD agencies, or other groups to support Small Businesses
  • How the individual contributed to SAME Small Business Conferences and training sessions, or represented small business interests in SAME forums.
  • The nomination should include letters of commendation, awards and other recognition for the individual’s efforts to support small business programs.

Post Small Business Liaison Officer Award (One Award)
This award recognizes the PSBLO whose leadership, support and activities best exemplifies the mission of the Small Business Council. Must be member of a Post Board of Direction as the named PSBLO or Post Officer to be eligible.

Selection Criteria

The PSBLO Award is based on achieving specific criteria segmented into three focus areas: SAME Post Participation, Small Business Council Participation, and Small Business Advocacy Outside SAME. A minimum of five of the nine criteria factors noted below must be met to qualify for the award. Click here to see the full criteria for the PSBLO Award.

SAME Post Participation: (1) Implemented Innovative membership recruiting of small businesses; (2) Advocates providing discounts to small businesses for Post or Regional Events; (3) Recognized a small business member or firm via newsletter, newspaper, magazine award, monthly Post meeting; (4) Received Letter(s) of appreciation/commendation from their Post President, a local or national organization or agency for post efforts in small business activity.

Small Business Council Participation: (5) Member of the Small Business Council and have contributed to Conferences, Newsletters, small business Training, Webinars; (6) Attended SAME Small Business Conferences in the past two years and can offer insight on improving the programs.

Small Business Advocacy Outside SAME: (7) Works for a small business; (8) Coordinated or assisted a small business event with a Local Government Agency; (9) Assist with conference planning of at least one (1) community small business outreach event.


NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations for the SAME 2017 Small Business Awards are due by COB Friday October 13, 2017 **Extended Deadline**. For assistance or information regarding the Small Business Awards, please contact Stacy Humes, SAME Individual Member & Post Operations Specialist, at awards@same.org, or 703-549-3800 ext. 122.

SELECTION PROCESS

SAME’s selection committee is chaired by a senior SAME member and four additional SAME members representing small and large businesses who are appointed by the SAME Executive Director. Any individual or company nominated is excluded from the selection committee. The committee uses objective criteria based upon those listed above to review nominations and select award recipients. The SAME National Office notifies nominees of selection and presents awards at the SAME Small Business Conference during the Awards Luncheon.