WASHINGTON D.C.—Could your small business help inspire others? Want to get recognized for the small business you’re building? Applications are now open for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s America’s Top Small Business 2023 Awards. This year’s awards will recognize the contributions of small business to America. The deadline for submissions is July 8. And the Chamber says it is looking for examples of “Ingenuity. Grit. Perseverance.” Rules are posted online, but to enter, applicants must be legal residents of the U.S., they must be a for-profit business operating for at least one year, primarily within the U.S., the business has to have fewer than 250 employees or gross revenue or less than $20 million for both 2021 and 2022.

The winner of America's Top Small Business 2023 will receive national recognition and a $25,000 cash prize. Additional non-cash prizes, including prizes for finalists, can be found here

The Small Business of the Year Award Winner and all finalists will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the fall of 2023. A finalized date for the ceremony will be announced during the summer of 2023.

The Chamber of Commerce’s CO site also creates a weekly e-newsletter, Midnight Oil, which not only offers updates on the 2023 Awards program but also a range of helpful information, articles and other resource links. Signups are available here.