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National Small Business Week to Kick-off September 22-24

SBA Hosts Virtual Event to Honor America’s Small Businesses
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Thursday, September 10, 2020
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WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the kick-off for National Small Business Week. The virtual event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22-24.

National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

“I am thrilled to host SBA’s virtual National Small Business Week ceremony and provide this opportunity to recognize inspiring entrepreneurs from across the country for their innovation, and in many cases this year, resilience,” said SBA Administrator Carranza. “This year, we will spotlight America’s outstanding small businesses and their stories of perseverance and their ability to pivot and overcome adversity. This event will also feature many educational forums that will inspire entrepreneurs around the country as they recover and sustain their operations.”

National Small Business Week will also recognize small business advocates for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship.  Awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, and Veterans Business Outreach Center.

“There’s no question that COVID-19 has impacted small businesses across all industries. SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program helped more than 5.2 million small businesses and non-profits keep their workers on payroll, regardless of state and local shutdowns or quarantine orders. Small business owners have risen up in the face of difficulty to demonstrate the resiliency of American entrepreneurship,” added SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger who oversees the federal agency’s operations in the Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic Regions.

“As we recognize the impact the small business community has throughout Upstate New York communities, we must recognize that 2020 helped entrepreneurs hone skills such as determination, tenacity and flexibility . Yes, the upstate small business community experienced months of what many did not anticipate, however during National Small Business Week, we look forward to shining a spotlight on a few of the thousands who persevered in the face of the unimaginable. They inspire us again and again,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki.

For registration to attend the free virtual event, and additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit