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National Small Business Week Starts Today

National Small Business Week Starts Today

May 4th 2015 marks the start of the 52nd annual National Small Business week. Every year, beginning in 1963 the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing one week to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

According the Small Business Administration more that 50 percent of Americans either own or are employed by a small business – in fact, two out of every three jobs was created by a small business owner. So one week, each year, we all take the time to recognize their innovation, creativity, hard work and most of all, the impact they have made on our communities.

Although the main event is held in multiple cities this week there are many ways every small business owner can get involved. The SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, will head to the NSBW events in one of the selected cities (Miami/Boca Raton, L.A., San Antonio, New York and Washington D.C) to participate in talks and panels including the CEO of Office Depot. But, if you aren’t in one of those five cities you can still actively participate in webinars and live stream every event on www.sba.gov or you can follow along on social media using the twitter hashtag #DreamSmallBiz.

And don’t forget there are many local events you can take advantage of this week and all year as well. Every city has a local Small Business Administration branch that holds events for their communities, San Francisco Small Business week will commence May 16th , so check out your local chapter and get involved!

This year’s theme is “Dream Big, Start Small!” which truly honors and supports small business owners who have made strides to make their dreams a reality and who have generated jobs and created a better future for themselves and their families.

 

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