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The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for its 2002 Small Business Person of the Year Award.

The person and their business must have staying power, growth in employment, increased sales, innovation, responded to adversity and contributed to the community.

Advocate awards are also presented to people who have used their professional skills or personal talents to further public understanding and awareness of small business.

Advocate categories include women in business, minority, veteran, accountant, financial services and journalist.

The Small Business Administration also presents awards to the Small Business Exporter, Young Entrepreneur and Federal Government Prime Contractor and Subcontractor of the year. Large companies that started as small businesses are also honored with the Entrepreneurial Success Award.

The Buffalo district office must receive all nominations by Nov. 9.

For more information, contact Franklin J. Sciortino, district director, at 551-4305 or Bob Novak, deputy district director, at 551-5668 or e-mail

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