President Trump Proclaims Small Business Week

Local office to celebrate honorees at luncheon on July 9, 2017
Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Sheree Coates (714) 560-7466 or Sylvia Gutierrez (714) 560-7454


SANTA ANA– National Small Business Week celebrations commenced in the nation’s capital at the US Institute of Peace with more than 85 national award winners from across the country and U.S. territories convening to be awarded and recognized for their major accomplishments.  The two-day award ceremony will conclude with the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year and three runners-up.

The annual event is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is designed to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, and business advocates. The week-long event will continue through May 6, with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon hosting planned national events in New York, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.

In his April 28th proclamation declaring April 30 – May 6 as Small Business Week, President Donald Trump stated, “Small business owners embody the American pioneering spirit and remind us that determination can turn aspiration into achievement.  This week, we affirm our commitment to removing government barriers to the success of American small businesses.” He added “America's small business owners transform ideas into reality.  They are a strong testament to the opportunities a market economy affords.  During this week, we recognize the incredible contributions small businesses make to our country and pledge to foster the conditions that enable them to prosper and thrive.

The President’s proclamation closes with “by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 30 through May 6, 2017, as Small Business Week.  I call upon all Americans to recognize the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners as they grow our Nation's economy.”

The full text of the President’s Small Business Week proclamation can be found here.

Throughout National Small Business Week, events will be live-streamed. In addition there will be free webinars/webcasts covering:

  • The U.S. Economic Outlook and its Impact on Small Businesses
  • 5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions
  • Grow Your Business Online
  • The Future of Small Business Innovation
  • How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less

Entrepreneurs are being celebrated in every corner of the nation this year in honor of National Small Business Week.  The Santa Ana District Office will be celebrating over the next several weeks to culminate in an awards ceremony highlighting the contributions of local award winners from Orange County and the Inland Empire. The 54th Annual SBA Small Business Week Awards will be held on June 9, 2017 at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom.    

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2017 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/SCORE 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: SCORE is partially funded by SBA Cooperative Agreement No. SBAHQ-14-S-0001.

About the Santa Ana District Office 

The Santa Ana District Office, under the leadership and vision of J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director, is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Located in Santa Ana near John Wayne Airport, the office and its staff of 14 facilitate understanding and access to SBA loan programs; coordinate and conduct hundreds of training sessions and special events annually such as matchmaking forums, loan fairs, and business plan competitions; and manage a portfolio of approximately 104 businesses enrolled in the agency’s 8(a) business development program.