Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to speak at National Small Business Week event in San Francisco

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Friday, May 2, 2014
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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Kiva President Premal Shah and Vivienne Harr from ‘Make A Stand’ will give remarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will kick off National Small Business Week 2014 with opening remarks at Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco, Monday, May 12.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be a featured speaker during the event. 

Twitter is one of SBA’s co-sponsors of National Small Business Week. The morning session will include welcome remarks from Adam Bain, President of Global Revenue, Twitter, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  The keynote speaker will be Premal Shah, president of  Shah will discuss how, a nonprofit that has crowdfunded microloans to 1.3 million small business entrepreneurs in 40 U.S. states and 75 countries is working in the U.S. to offer 0% interest microloans to financially excluded entrepreneurs who are starting small businesses to create jobs and advance social good.

A discussion on “Growing Your Business in the Digital Age” will include panelists from SCORE, Sightglass Coffee, and tenXer.

Vivienne Harr, a 10-year-old Bay Area girl who started ‘Make A Stand’ Lemonade will give closing remarks. Harr has raised more than $100,000 to go toward helping end child slavery. Her lemonade is now bottled and being sold in retail stores.

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, May 12-16, in addition to other SBA regional and local small business week events being held—San Francisco, along with Kansas City, Boston and Washington, D.C. were selected to host one of the four national events.

For more information, including a complete list of events and locations and how to register, please visit  Sessions will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at