According to studies from the U.S. Small Business Administration, small firms employ more than half of the private-sector workforce and have created nearly two-thirds of the nation’s net new jobs in the past 15 years.
The U.S. Small Business Administration National Small Business Week will be hitting cities across America June 17 to 21.
The week-long cross-country string of events will feature tools and ideas to start or grow your business. According to SBA’s website, www.sba.gov, workshops and panels will also cover topics such as social media 101, how to protect your business against cyber security threats, and how to start exporting among others.
SBA’s website states this year’s activities will include forums discussing the small business landscape, business coaching services, matchmaking events as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies. The week’s events culminate in Washington where the 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year will be announced. Candidates from all 50 states and territories will be competing for the award. And all small businesses that attend will interact with federal government officials, local elected leaders, representatives from national businesses and other small business experts.
The locations and dates for National Small Business Week are:
The SBA website also states In addition to the in-person events, National Small Business Week will feature daily online forums that will focus on subjects such as exporting and access to capital. All events will be live-streamed on SBA’s website, www.sba.gov.
How you can get Involved
You can still register for events in St. Louis, and Washington, DC. If you can't travel, you can still take part by joining live streaming webcasts of all events and Hangouts as they happen (keep an eye on the event website and follow SBA on Twitter and Facebook for more details as the event approaches). If you are tweeting, the official hash tag is #SBW2013.
For more information, including a complete list of events and locations and how to register to attend, visit www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.