In the wake of the government shutdown last month, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards nominations until next Monday. All nominations packages must be hand delivered to the nearest SBA Office as they must be submitted by 3:00 EST on Monday, February 4, 2019.  Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information.  Since 1963, National Small Business Week, which this year will be celebrated May 5 through May 11, has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses in contributions to local communities, and our nation’s economy. A National Small Business award is one of our nation’s highest honors for small business achievement.