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National Small Business Week Dallas/Fort Worth Event to Offer Valuable Small Business Information and Advice

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Release Number: 
Advisory Number: 
Dennis Byrne (202) 205-6567

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dallas/Fort Worth-area entrepreneurs will hear valuable and practical advice from successful local and national business leaders and officials on how to start and grow small businesses on June 18 at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week event.

The informational sessions and workshops will be held at the Arlington Convention Center in

Arlington, Texas and kick off with introductions by Honorable Robert Cluck, M.D., Mayor of Arlington and Wes Jurey, President & CEO of Arlington Chamber of Commerce. 

That morning, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, AARP President Robert Romasco, and small business owner Mike Minton, the 2012 Texas state small business winner, will share the tips, advice and resources available to those over age 50 who want to start or grow a small business.   

During the day, additional sessions will include a panel of international trade experts on how to take a small business global through exporting, and utilizing supply chain opportunities to grow; a discussion on the “Dallas/Fort Worth Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” will be led by local business leaders and moderated by a representative from the local SCORE chapter, that is aimed at examining and tapping existing resources.

In addition, there is a speed mentoring session designed to partner entrepreneurs with an experienced mentor from SBA’s resource partner network including Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE and Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), and a matchmaking event to discuss procurement opportunities with major corporations and federal agencies.

In-depth sessions with government officials and procurement experts are also scheduled on government contracting, as well as lenders and venture capital pros looking at all aspects of how to access needed capital at all stages of a business. In addition, practical sessions include understanding the Affordable Care Act and a detailed session on expanding markets entitled Exporting 101, and an online session that teaches small businesses how to manage their online reputation.

More than 1,000 people have registered to attend the June 18th Dallas/Fort Worth-area National Small Business Week event which will also be live-streamed at The live-streaming of all National Small Business Week events is provided by Microsoft.

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 event will be held June 17-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and training 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 4 p.m. ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

Small Business Week 2013 sponsors include: Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Microsoft, National Association of the Self Employed (NASE), Arlington Texas Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, ADP, Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network, Staples, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Visa, Women Impacting Public Policy, Lockheed Martin, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, Business Forward and Office Depot.

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 two weeks in advance, by contacting Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.


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