National Small Business Week Poster

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)

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Today at The Washington Post in Washington, D.C., there was a gathering of 14 entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to an esteemed panel of four judges. The event, InnovateHer, was the final Small Business Week event put on by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The purpose was to identify ways to help women and their families by providing a product, service, or technology.

As I first entered the venue, I could tell that the energy was high. The finalists were buzzing with last minute preparations, and onlookers were anxious to hear their presentations.

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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?

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The Inbox Diaries is a series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.

This Week’s Stories:

1. Happy National Small Business Week!
This week, May 12-16, is National Small Business Week here in the U.S., and there are still a number of ways to get involved. If you happen to live in one of the four host cities – San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston, or Washington DC – there are lots of in-person events to attend. If you’re not prepared to devote a day to attending, you can still watch NSBW events online.

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