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It's time again to submit your nominations for the 2006 BLACK ENTERPRISE Small Business Awards. Whether you're nominating a pioneering professional, a burgeoning business on the rise, or an exceptional teenager running a successful business, we want to know. Designed to recognize outstanding companies and entrepreneurs who embody the BE entrepreneurial spirit, the Small Business Awards are presented annually at the Entrepreneurs Conference. These awards honor African Americans whose professional achievements serve as inspiration and guidance to others striving to make their mark on our nation's economy. The categories include:

Business Innovator Of The Year

This award honors ingenuity and invention and recognizes African Americans who have broken new ground or developed a new or unique method of doing business. Their accomplishments must have significant impact in their respective industries.

Rising Star Award

Created to honor the exceptional business achievements of individuals under the age of 35, its recipients must possess outstanding skills, professionalism, and perseverance.

Emerging Company Of The Year

The company selected for this award must demonstrate that it is poised for future growth. This company has adopted creative marketing techniques, carved out a special niche, or strategically capitalized on general-market opportunities. Companies that have achieved a solid pattern of growth over the last five years in a sector or niche with strong upward market trends are encouraged to apply.

Nomination Criteria

To be eligible for the BE Small Business Awards, each company must fit the following criteria: be independently owned; at least 5 years old; at least 51% black-owned; generate annual revenues of at least $250,000 but no more than $15 million; show a pattern of increasing revenues for the two years preceding application; and have a minimum of three employees.

The Teenpreneur Award

The Teenpreneur Award is slightly different because it recognizes a young entrepreneur, under the age of 17, or a group committed to advancing the rich tradition of black business achievement. …