Nominate the most outstanding SBA Counselor of the Year in the SBDC network!

This award honors an individual counselor in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network for his or her excellence in providing counseling, training, and/or mentoring and other program services to small businesses.  The SBA Counselor of the Year: SBDC award is presented to an individual judged to exemplify the best in client services in the SBDC network and who promotes the mission and goals of the SBDC program.    

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How to enter

Nomination packages for the SBA Counselor of the Year: SBDC award may be submitted through the portal using the “Enter a Submission” tab. Please note, nominators will need to establish a free account with in order to submit any nomination.


Michael Chodos

Michael Chodos
Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development

Judging Criteria

  • Demonstrated Commitment
    Serve small businesses by providing quality, professional counseling, training, and/or mentoring to client businesses and by developing innovative events and/or programs, publications, and research materials to enhance small businesses.
  • Local Recognition
    Recognition by local/regional small businesses and the economic development community for his/her outstanding work in promoting the mission and goals of the SBDC and SBDC network.
  • Evidence of Success
    Evidence of increased business opportunities for small businesses as a result of the nominee’s actions.
  • Community Involvement
    Efforts to strengthen the role of small business owners within the community.
  • Other Accomplishments
    Other accomplishments demonstrating the nominee’s effectiveness in improving the environment for the creation and expansion of small businesses.