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Small Business Week in Oregon and SW Washington

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Kellie Randall, (503) 326-5200

Local celebration of small business May 19-22

PORTLAND, Ore.  – Every spring, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes small businesses across the country during Small Business Week. Following National Small Business Week, the Portland District Office, local cities, counties and business organizations in Oregon and SW Washington will host a local small business week May 19-22. 

“Roughly 98% of the employers in Oregon are small business owners representing more than 350,000 small businesses,” said District Director Camron Doss. “This year, along with community partners, we will offer educational opportunities and other ways to recognize small businesses in addition to our Small Business Week awards celebration.” 

Starting May 19, different community and small business organizations will host workshops, neighborhood walkabouts and panel discussions to help interested entrepreneurs with their businesses and recognize the impact small business has on the community. For a complete calendar listing and registration information, click on the events calendar at

Monday, May 19

1 p.m.              So, you want to start a business? Free resources with a library card

1 p.m.              So, you love small business? Meet your small business neighbors in

Forest Grove

Tuesday, May 20

9 a.m.              So, you want to sell to the government? Learn how to get started

1 p.m.              So, you want to start a business? An SBA loan can help

5 p.m.              Westside PubTalk Series; City of Beaverton, City of Hillsboro and Oregon

Technology Business Center

Wednesday, May 21

9 a.m.              So, you want to help small business owners? Funding the dream

4:30 p.m.         So, you want to start a business? Success stories from the trenches

Thursday, May 22

12 p.m.            Celebrate: Small Business Week Awards Luncheon

The week will culminate with an awards luncheon May 22 at the Portland Art Museum. Regional Administrator Calvin Goings, responsible for overseeing all SBA programs and initiatives in the four state region of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington will be speaking and participating in the award presentation. Eight small businesses, three champions of small business and 13 lending institutions will receive awards. 

“America’s 27 million small businesses deserve our support and recognition year-round,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “It’s a privilege to be able to honor them and highlight their successes through Small Business Week.” 

Tickets for the Small Business Week awards luncheon are on sale now at

Cosponsorship Authorization # 14-1086-94. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services 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. Contact: Kellie Randall, 503-326-5200.