SBA Announces National Small Business Week

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) is getting ready for National Small Business Week.

Considered to be the signature event of the SBA, National Small Business Week will be held this year from June 17 to June 21.

Cecelia Taylor, Press Liaison for the SBA, told us that the SBA would also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week.

According to a news release from the SBA, the 2013 National Small Business Week will focus on the changing small business landscape, borrowing SBA loans, business coaching services, matchmaking events, networking opportunities and award ceremonies.

 “One of the key breakout sessions planned … will discuss financing options to start and grow small businesses create jobs,” said Taylor.

Taylor explained that a whole plethora of awards would be given out during the week, including Phoenix Awards, Procurement Awards, Lender Awards and Entrepreneurial Development Awards. However, the highlight of the week will be the much-coveted National Small Business Person of the Year Award, which will be awarded to one of several competing candidates from each of the 50 states.

Local and federal government officials will be in attendance during National Small Business Week. Also in attendance will be representatives of national businesses and small business experts.

“SBA and local officials will provide business expertise through panels and breakout sessions on a host of small business topics,” said Taylor. “Attending small business owners can participate in these, as well as in speed mentoring, networking and business matchmaking sessions.”

Capitalizing on an increasingly online American public, the SBA will be hosting daily online forums as well as live-streaming all events.

National Small Business Week will be held in the following cities on the following dates:

Seattle – June 17

Dallas – June 18

St. Louis – June 19

Pittsburgh – June 20

Washington, D.C. – June 21

Additional information can be found at the SBA’s National Small Business Week homepage.

(Interview of Ms. Taylor conducted by Isaac Juarez)