Call: Nominations for the Maria Contreras-Sweet Award for Global Impact

Nominations for the Maria Contreras-Sweet Award for Global Impact must be for a government official or policy expert who launched a small business program/initiative that further strengthened an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Submissions will be evaluated on the following:
  • A clear commitment to developing open, transparent, and meaningful policies so that entrepreneurs can compete on a level playing field and connect and collaborate with one another.
  • An assessment of the impact of the program/initiative with regard to furthering small business ownership, access to capital and availability of counseling and support for entrepreneurs, especially in underserved/underrepresented communities.
  • A demonstrated ability to overcome hardships and barriers such as lack of funding or support, cultural shifts and other setbacks.
  • The program’s ability to be replicated and the overall global impact the program could have on strengthening communities if replicated across the world.
  • The degree to which the officials/experts are advocates and role models for the plight of their programs and serve as the voice of especially underserved/underrepresented communities.
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