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National Small Business Week 2010 Kicks Off Sunday in Washington, D.C.

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Release Number: 
10-23
Contact: 
Dennis Byrne (202) 205-6567 | Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059

 

SBA Administrator Karen Mills to Deliver Keynote Address

WASHINGTON – Top entrepreneurs from around the country will come together to be recognized for their accomplishments during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National
Small Business Week celebration, May 23-25, in Washington, D.C. The National Small Business Person of the Year will be named on Tuesday, May 25.
 
The three-day event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center in the nation’s capital will highlight business owners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, whose business achievements have contributed much to the economic well-being of their families, their employees, their communities and the nation. Awards also will be presented for notable achievements in disaster recovery, government procurement, small business advocacy, and to top-performing SBA resource and lending partners.
 
Featured Speakers at National Small Business Week will include:
   - Administrator Karen G. Mills, U.S. Small Business Administration
   - The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland
      Security
   - The Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation
 
Small Business Week will also feature a series of small business forums that are open to the public and developed to help entrepreneurs with real-world issues that impact their business, including Innovation, Exporting and Social Media. There will also be a Town Hall discussion on how small businesses are driving America’s recovery and economy. The public can register for the  forums for free at http://www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com/ before 12:00 p.m. EDT Friday, May 21.
 
Events during Small Business Week can be viewed virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting accessible online at http://www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com/.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(Note to Press: Seating is limited at all events and the schedule is subject to change
Visit www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com for the latest schedule.)
Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 23, 2010

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open
Pre-function Area
Sponsor: AT&T
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Networking Reception
Hillwood & Hillwood Foyer
Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

Monday, May 24, 2010

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open
Pre-function Area
Cyber Café Open (Sackler Room)
Sponsor: Google
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Award Winners
Grand Ballroom
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman
 
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote Address by Administrator Karen Mills
Oriental Ballroom
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Town Hall – Small Business: Driving America’s Economy
Oriental Ballroom
Sponsor: eBay
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Phoenix Awards Luncheon – Disaster Recovery Award Winners
Grand Ballroom
Sponsor: AT&T
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Innovation Forum – Turning Innovation into Jobs
Oriental Ballroom
Sponsor: Cbeyond
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Exporting Forum: Customers, Profit$, Jobs and Growth – Take Your Business Global!
Oriental Ballroom
Sponsor: UPS

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration Open
Pre-function Area
Sponsor: AT&T
 
Cyber Café Open (Sackler Room)
Sponsor: Google
* Free Wi-Fi will be provided to all attendees.
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award Winners
Grand Ballroom
Sponsor: Raytheon
11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. 
Social Media Forum – Social Media & Small Business: Join the Conversation
Oriental Ballroom
Sponsor: Intuit
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business Winners
Grand Ballroom
Sponsor: Sam’s Club
7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Champion Award Winners Gala
Grand Ballroom
Sponsor: Visa & ADP
        
 
       
 
Media Contacts:         Dennis Byrne                         Cecelia Taylor
                                   dennis.byrne@sba.gov          cecelia.taylor@sba.gov
                                   (202) 205-6567                     (202) 401-3059
 
 
Media outlets are encouraged to cover National Small Business Week events, and can register as media representatives online at www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com. Call or e-mail Media contact for press registration code. Registration will be granted for working journalists only. The SBA Press Room at the Mandarin Hotel will be open May 23-25, and onsite press registration for National Small Business Week will start on May 23.
 
Small Business Week 2010 sponsors and cosponsors include: Sam’s Club, Visa, Ford, ADP, Raytheon, Cbeyond, UPS, Intuit, Google, eBay, AT&T, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, D&B, Verio, Nomadic Display, ASBDC, NADCO, NAGGL, NASE, NSBA, WIPP and SCORE.
 
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 sbw@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2010
 
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Editor Please Note: A list of 2010 state winners can be found here
Related State: 
Alabama
Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Northern Marianas Islands
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Virgin Islands
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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