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UPDATED: Are you a Small Business that has been helped by SBA? Don’t miss our National Small Business Week Video Contest

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UPDATED: Are you a Small Business that has been helped by SBA? Don’t miss our National Small Business Week Video Contest

By Karen Mills, Former SBA Administrator
Published: April 16, 2012 Updated: May 11, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Videos can be submitted through until 5pm EDT, May 15, 2012. Questions can be addressed to

It’s almost time for National Small Business Week 2012 - and to kick things off we are launching a video contest. 

Each week I travel around the country and hear from business owners about how SBA has helped them start, grow and succeed.  I’m often inspired by each business’ ingenuity, and it’s the small business owners I meet each week that are making communities strong and keeping America competitive. 

I want to share these stories, and so many more, with everyone.  The video contest is an opportunity for small business owners and entrepreneurs to share their success stories with a larger audience and emphasize how important they are to their local economy. 

How to Participate

Videos can be submitted through from 12pm EDT April 16 through 5pm May 11. Contestants should produce a short (1-2 minutes), original video to share their story.  The list of Contest Rules provides additional details on the required video content and format.  All eligible videos will be judged by SBA senior officials on the inspirational nature of the message for potential small business owners and the creativity or uniqueness of the video concept. 

Winning Videos

Three winning videos will be featured during National Small Business Week and shown during a Google+ Hangout hosted by SBA and the White House on May 23.  The winners can participate in the event and help me answer questions from small businesses around the country.  Qualifying videos that don’t win will be showcased on SBA’s YouTube page

We are excited to celebrate entrepreneurship and hear from you about how SBA has helped you grow your business and create jobs.  Check out for more information on the National Small Business Week Video Contest. 


About the Author:

Karen Mills

Former SBA Administrator

Karen Gordon Mills is the Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA helps both Main Street and high-growth small businesses get access to capital, counseling, federal contracts, disaster assistance and more.


How about 2013, do we have this National Small Business Week for 2013 and are they available for live streaming for those who can’t attend? Thanks
As a small business owner is is hard to get up and running and now i have faith that there is help out there. This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our Community Best Practices for more information about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.
Hi! Thanks for sharing this, It is a good help for other people like me. Keep up with your good work...
Hi! That is a great contest, I will spread the word around to see participants in my friends.
Thank your for assisting small businesses in getting up and running. I can confirm that i was greatly helped by your service. Thanks for your humanitarian efforts my family can pay the rent. G-d bless.
My friend owns a computer company and she was down to her very last penny before she got an SBA loan. She was able to build a nice home computer business for herself and now she is giving back by donating to woman in need.
Thanks for the helpful information. It provides some good tips for freelancers. Keep up the good work!
Looks like I missed the deadline :(
I will spread the word around for this. Hope we get to see some interesting videos.
I will spread the word too. thanks for sharing this.


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