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Small Business Person of the Year
Sponsor: Small Business Administration
Salutes entrepreneurs and their supporters in numerous categories.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsor: Ernst & Young
Honoring small-business owners in 47 regions, 19 countries, and in 12 categories.
Best Practices Award
Sponsor: Arthur Andersen
Promotes outstanding business tactics and techniques in companies of all sizes.
National Torch Award
Sponsor: Better Business Bureau
Recognizes companies with solid ethical practices.
Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative
Sponsor: MassMutual/U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Salutes achievement at small, privately owned companies.
National Family Business of the Year Award
Recognizes achievement at family owned companies.
Franchisee of the Year Award
Sponsor: MassMutual/Franchise Partners/International Franchise Assn.
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