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Media Invited to Attend National Small Business Week Events Washington, D.C.

Advisory Date: 
Monday, May 12, 2014
Advisory Number: 
MA 14-14
Contact: 
Terrence.sutherland@sba.gov

Live stream of Washington, D.C. Events May 15-16
www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek

WHAT:

Speakers: Thursday, May 15 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Maria Contreras-Sweet – Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (Welcome remarks)
Janet Yellen – Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (featured speaker)
John Schnatter  -- Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and CEO (panel session)

Speaker: Friday, May 16 – FHI 360 Conference Center
Jim Koch – Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer (lunch panel)
Business Matchmaking Sessions – Small businesses will have the opportunity to have  face-to-face meetings with prime contractors and federal agencies to learn about  specific contracting and subcontracting opportunities.
Phoenix Awards – Disaster recovery recognition.
Procurement Awards – Government contracting recognition.
Entrepreneurial and Lender Awards – Entrepreneurial development and SBA lending recognition.
Exporter of the Year Award
State and National Small Business Awards – Business owners from 50 states plus Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington, D.C. will be recognized along with the announcement of the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year.
Breakout sessions – Access to Capital: Opportunities For Your Business, Reimagining Business Assistance; Affordable Care Act  - What It Means For Your Business; Convergence of Physical and Digital Security

WHEN:

Thursday, May 15 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration/networking
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs (panel)
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Networking
6 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.—SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet (welcome remarks)
6:10 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. – Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen (featured remarks)
6:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Sponsor remarks
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Papa John’s founder, Chairman and CEO, John Schnatter      
(panel)

Friday, May 16 – FHI 360 Conference Center
6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.  – Registration/networking
7 a.m. – 8 a.m.  – Breakfast
8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  – Welcome remarks/morning speaker
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  – Breakfast Awards
Entrepreneur, Veterans Business Center, Procurement, Lender, Phoenix

9 a.m -  9:10 a.m.  – SCORE 50th Anniversary Remarks/video
9:10 a.m. -  4 p.m.  – Business Matchmaking
9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.  – Networking/break
9:20 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Breakout sessions:
Access to Capital: Opportunities For Your Business
Reimagining Business Assistance
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.  – Networking/Break/resource Expo
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  – Lunch
12 p.m. – 12:20  – Welcome/Presenting Sponsor remarks/introduction
12:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.  – Small business Q&A with Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch
1:05 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. -- Recognizing 50 state, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico Small Business Award Winners
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.  – Exporter of the Year Award
1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  – Recognizing the Small business Person of the Year and 1st and
2nd runners-up
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. -- Networking/Resource Expo
2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.  – Panels
Affordable Care Act: What It Means For Your Business
Convergence of Physical and Digital Security

WHERE:

Thursday:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H St NW, Washington, DC 20062

Friday:
FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, 8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20009

MEDIA RSVP:  By 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 please provide name of organization, list of attendees, email, phone number, and date(s) you plan to attend and time of arrival to Terrence.Sutherland@sba.gov.  Please ensure you have your media credentials at check-in.