Happy Monday! This week (May 4-May 8) is one of our favorite weeks of the year: National Small Business Week.
Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week to recognize the hardworking small business owners and entrepreneurs of America.
Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? And that every two out of three new jobs created each year is provided by small businesses?
Thanks to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) there are events occurring all over the nation this week to celebrate the hard work you put in each year as an entrepreneur!
Miami/Boca Raton, Florida
May 4, 2015
So if you are just learning about this, it may be a little late to register for this event in Miami. But, participants will have the chance to hear from SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Office Depot CEO Roland Smith, as well as several other small business professionals giving their advice about recent industry trends. Doors open at 12 and you will be involved in the keynotes and panel discussion until about 4:30pm.
If you are unable attend, follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz.
Los Angeles, California
May 5, 2015
Similar to the previous event, LA will be hosting a panel discussion with opening remarks from SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. Unfortunately, this event is now sold out, but participants will listen to how businesses can benefit from international trade.
To still have the chance to get some great quotes and advice on trade, search for ‘LA Town Hall’ on Twitter tomorrow between 11:30am and 1:30pm PDT.
San Antonio, Texas
May 6, 2015
There’s still time to register for Small Business Week celebrations in San Antonio! Maria Contreras-Sweet travels again to share how businesses can benefit from SBA financial programs. She will also lead a discussion on your opportunities and challenges you find yourself facing as a small business.
New York City, New York
May 7, 2015
New York City is a big town, and therefore the free tickets to their Small Business Week event at the Empire State Building are already sold out. However, if you are interested in hearing from Mike Muse and SBA on how to bring together NYC Millennials in a conversation about entrepreneurship, there are still ways to get involved.
On Thursday, tune in to Twitter between 6pm and 9pm EDT listening for ‘NYC Small Business Week’ discussions!
May 8, 2015
We may be a bit biased, but we are most excited about Small Business Week concluding in Washington, D.C.! If you register and gather at the Washington Post downtown on Friday, you will see the final round of the competition InnovateHer. The live-pitch competition between entrepreneurs will present the greatest potential of products for supporting the lives of women and their families. Top finalists pitch their product or service to a panel of judges and the first place winner will receive $15,000 in prize money to help contribute to making their idea a reality.
The best part is that Webs will be in attendance to share all of the excitement with you! Be sure to follow us on Twitter to keep up with the competition, and look out for our recap on our blog after the event on Friday!
If any of these events are in a city near you, we highly recommend attending. However, if the locations are just a bit too far, the SBA is also providing a series of webinars throughout the week you can attend right from your computer! The one that piqued our interest the most was The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint tonight from 6pm-7pm EDT. Hosted by SBA, USA Today, and YP, you will learn how to create a presence on digital that will impact your consumers who are serious digital researchers! Don’t miss it and register here.
Finally, National Small Business Week wouldn’t be complete without us giving back to our favorite small business owners and entrepreneurs–our customers!
— Webs (@webs) May 4, 2015
Is your small business celebrating National Small Business Week?
Tell us how in the comments!
About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Senior Specialist of Content Marketing for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on the Webs Blog and Twitter.
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