This week is the time we officially recognize Small Businesses and their contributions. This celebration was started in 1963 by a proclamation by the President of the United States. Small businesses and entrepreneurs take center stage this week, as the Small Business Administration highlights the innovation, job creation and accomplishments of these individuals who move our economy forward.
The SBA will have a host of activities this week that showcase small business owners and an opportunity for you to gather information from their experiences and successes.
Take a look at the events they have planned:
Nominees from each state and territory will be in the running for the National Small Business Week, Person of the Year. The honoree will be named at the NSBW Awards Luncheon. Other winners will be named in the following categories:
- Exporter of the Year
- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
- 8(a) Graduate of the Year
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
- Services winner
- Manufacturing winner
- Research and Development winner
If you are not in the DC area, you can watch it live at www.sba.gov/nsbw and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek.
Join SBA administrator Linda McMahon as she has a conversation with Facebook’s VP and Chief Privacy Officer for Policy Erin Egan, as they discuss starting a business in today’s environment and success tips to keep your business going.
Be a part of the conversation by visiting www.facebook.com/SBAgov.
May 3 – May 5
The SBA is hitting the road and you can join them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SBAgov) as they make stops throughout the country over the course of several days.
First stop on the journey will be, Indianapolis to the Speedway to celebrate the Indy Car racing industry and all of the entrepreneurs that make the business community run.
Next stop will be Texas to speak with business owners and highlight women entrepreneurs that have chosen non-traditional industries.
The final stop will be the Fresno area of California, where the SBA Administrator will be engaging with agricultural industry to discuss their successes and the fruits of their labor.
On this National Small Business Week, celebrate yourself, the courage it takes to go a different path and make an impact on your community and the economy at large.
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It’s National Small Business Week. As I had mentioned on Friday’s Weekly Roundup, we feel everyday here at Verizon, we work to help small- and medium-sized businesses be productive, have the right tools and put experts at your fingertips. So in our eyes, every week we’re celebrating small businesses!
Here at Verizon we support SMBs by bringing a broad range of products and services to help you run your business better, faster and more productively. From our bundled solution which includes the essential services your business needs (phone, Internet, Internet security, online backup, Google Apps for Business, and an easy do-it-yourself website building platform) to additional cloud bases services, we are SMBs champions.
This blog too as well as the free, live webinars presented by the Verizon Small Business Center (replays are available on-demand) are developed to bring insights from Verizon as well as from our guests and I hope you find them useful and helpful.
I hope you take advantage and engage with renowned author Don Tapscott, who will be giving a live free webinar next Wednesday (May 25 at 2 p.m. ET) as well as be available next Thursday for one hour at 6 p.m. ET to host a live Twitter chat (#bizbooks) to answer questions and to offer advice. To win a copy of Don’s book be the first 25 to follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/VZSmallBiz) and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us you did it).
To help the Small Business Administration further celebrate National Small Business Week, we will give five full sets of all of the books from the Verizon Author Series to the first five who sends us an email (email@example.com) telling us why you’d like all these books, how you like our blog, what content you’d like to see, what help – if any – we can offer your business or give us some insights about your business. We’re just looking for direct insights from SMBs like you who read our blog… so expect some communication with us via email.
If you are a Verizon customer, a mom and run your own company, do enter in the Verizon Hardest Working Small Biz Mom Contest – this Sunday (May 22) is the last day for you to win $5,000 cash and other great prizes.
Note: Terrie Howard (watch her interview here) and I will be in D.C. later this week to attend some of the conferences and the luncheons taking place during National Small Business Week. If you’ll be at this summit send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can meet up, we are always looking to connect with our blog readers and our customers.
Stay tuned to this blog to get updates from the events taking place during National Small Business Week.