The second biggest holiday in the Small Business world is coming up in just about a month, and it’s time to start planning how you can get involved. National Small Business Week takes place May 1st -7th here in the U.S., and this year’s theme is “Dream Big, Start Small.”
Created by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) back in 1963, National Small Business Week provides:
“An opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and other from across the nation.” (SBA)
Here at Webs, that’s a cause we can get behind! With that in mind, we wanted to make sure that all you small business owners out there know how to make the most of the occasion. Here are the 3 ways you should get involved in National Small Business Week, 2016:
1. Attend an event
There will be 5 events to choose from this year, so whether you live nearby or feel like planning a little trip, you’ve got options! Full details have not yet been posted to the NSBW website, but here are the dates and cities where events will be held this year:
May 2nd – Washington D.C.
May 3rd – Atlanta, GA
May 4th – Denver, CO
May 5th – Phoenix, AZ
May 6th – San Jose, CA
There will also be recognition and educational events in SBA’s 10 regions and 68 districts, according to the SBA press release. To get up-to-date details, we’d recommend signing up for the email newsletter on the NSBW website.
2. Make the most of social media
In the days leading up to and during NSBW, there will be lots of action on social media surrounding the topic of small business and the event itself. Don’t miss this opportunity to get great advice, connect with influencers, engage your followers, and gain traction with new audiences. One way to join the conversation is through applicable hashtags! Here are a few we recommend following, as well as tweeting, Facebooking, and Instragramming:
#DreamSmallBiz (official hashtag)
Also make sure you follow on Twitter:
3. Request a proclamation in your community!
You might not have the power to issue a proclamation about Small Business Week yourself, but you might just be able to influence your local representative to! It never hurts to ask, and how cool would it be to know that you were responsible for a proclamation on behalf of small businesses in your community?
You can get more information and a sample proclamation to send to your state or local representative here.
Have you ever participated in a National Small Business Week event? We’d love to hear about it!
About the Author: Sarah Matista is the Marketing Communications Manager for Webs and Pagemodo. Loves marketing, small businesses, whales (not necessarily in that order). Get more from Sarah on the Webs Blog, Pagemodo blog, and Twitter.