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Miami District Office
100 S. Biscayne Blvd 7th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
United States
Phone: 305-536-5521
Fax: 305-536-5058
Speed Mentoring Events at National Small Business Week

Advisory Date: Monday, June 3, 2013
Release Date: Monday, June 3, 2013
Release Number: 13-27 So. Fla.
Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059

Register now for events in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON – Small business owners and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity during National Small Business Week, June 16-21, to participate in dynamic speed mentoring sessions to help start and grow their small businesses. 


During the speed mentoring sessions, entrepreneurs will be partnered with an experienced mentor from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partner network including Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE and Women’s Business Centers (WBC). 


The conversation-style sessions will allow participants to offer advice to each other. Topics will range from access to capital, marketing, exporting, to government contracting and sharing best practices for a woman-owned small business.


The speed mentoring sessions are intended for entrepreneurs that run the gamut from high growth start-ups to established main street small businesses. Ultimately, the mentor exchanges will result in an information exchange on starting or growing a business and dialogue on strategies used to stimulate business growth from personal experiences.


The locations, dates and registration for the speed mentoring sessions are:


•           Seattle – June 17

•           Dallas – June 18

•           St. Louis – June 19

•           Pittsburgh – June 20

•          Washington, DC – June 20-21


Deadline for all registrations is June 12, 2013.


Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year’s events will be held

June 16-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow.  In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.



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