SBA Announces National Small Business Week
Week-long, cross-country events to feature entrepreneurship forums on business start-up and growth; Naming of National Small Business Person of the Year; Event registration now open
WASHINGTON – Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events held May 12-16, 2014.
Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week. This year, events will take place across the country to engage the small business community and highlight their importance as innovators and job creators who strengthen the nation’s economy.
“Florida's small businesses are the cornerstone of our growing economy, which is why this week is set aside to recognize the importance small business plays in our local community,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero. “Many of our partners will be recognizing community business leaders this week. I congratulate all small business owners, especially those who seek to expand because they are contributing to our communities’ future and prosperity.”
Activities will include forums and panels discussing trends in small business, business innovation, financing, growth, matchmaking events, as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies. National Small Business Week will culminate in Washington, D.C., where the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year will be named. Candidates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico will be competing for the award. Small business owners and their employees who attend will interact with federal government officials, local elected leaders, representatives from national businesses and other small business experts.
The cities and dates for National Small Business Week are as follows:
• San Francisco – May 12
• Kansas City – May 13
• Boston and Washington, D.C. – May 15
• Washington, D.C. – May 16
Throughout the week there will also be webinars and other live events. Interested individuals can register online at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek where additional information on National Small Business Week events will be made available. There will be a separate registration site for the San Francisco event; additional details will be provided at a later date. Events will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.