The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened an online portal to accept nominations for its 2015 Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.

This is the third year SBA has been using the online portal submission process. The web portal at httP:// provides guidelines for the award.

All nominations for the awards program must be submitted online, postmarked or hand-delivered to the SBA's Wichita District Office no later than 2 p.m. Jan. 5. For more information visit or call Michael Aumack at 316-269-6275. The office is located at 220 W. Douglas Ave., Suite 450, Wichita for hand deliveries.