MIGHTY oaks from little acorns. With around 6,000 small businesses providing the backbone of the Huntingdonshire economy and with many larger companies having grown from minnows, finding the Small Business of the Year is a vital task for the competition judges. This year's award, sponsored by the Huntingdonshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, is open to any business in the district that began trading before January 2005 - newer enterprises fall into a different category - from sole traders to firms employing up to 25 people. The judges will be crawling over business plans and funds and investment plans for the four short-listed entries, and making judgments on the working environment in the company and how staff are treated. Companies will be asked to show their depth of understanding of the marketplaces in which they are trading, how they conceive, test and practice new ideas, and the judges will be looking for evidence of customer satisfaction. Crucially, they will also want to examine how the companies have grown their business base and turnover in the last 12 months. Under the spotlight in this category are IT services company Bright Vision Ltd, of St Neots, contract electronics manufacturer Circuit Solutions Limited, of Hemingford Abbots, its next-door neighbour, last year's category winner TP Golf Management Limited, and Eaton Ford-based The Mortgage Broker Limited, the largest broker of its kind in East Anglia. Bright Visions, which has been established since February 2003, started life in a bedroom and now occupies purpose-built premises at Colmworth Business Park in St Neots. Key services for its SME clients include complete IT support/outsourcing as well as bespoke software development solutions.