Small Business Award Nominees Sought By Local Micro-Lending Program

MetroAction is currently seeking nominations for its small business awards program. More than ever, entrepreneurs are facing daily challenges in the successful operation of their businesses. MetroAction wants to highlight the very best of our local entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing the successes of these small businesses for their positive impact on our local economy.

The awards have traditionally honored local small businesses that clearly demonstrate how hard work and determination pay off. MetroAction is currently seeking nominations for the following awards:

The Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Fidelity Bank, recognizes the dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by area small business. This award has three distinctive categories:
• Small Business of the Year: 50 or less employees
• Small Business of the Year: 51-250 employees
• New and Emerging Small Business: In operation for less than 3 years

The Virtual Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a local business without a corresponding physical identity, and includes home based businesses, vehicle based businesses, and web based businesses.

The Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Bank of America, recognizes a Lackawanna County young entrepreneur between the ages of 13-30 who demonstrates entrepreneurial innovation and success.

The Small Business Advocate Award recognizes a local individual who provides a distinctive level of service and who is a noted supporter of entrepreneurial development, creating opportunities and growth for small business in the community.

All nominees must serve Lackawanna County. Anyone can nominate a business, including self-nominations. Visit for eligibility and judging criteria or call (570) 342-7711. Award applications are due April, 30 2010 and will be presented at MetroAction’s Small Business Award Luncheon on May 25.

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