Main Street, it is time to celebrate! May 5th marks the start of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week.
National Small Business Week 2019
National Small Business Week will be held May 5-11, 2019. From Sunday to Saturday, the U.S. Small Business Administration will be hosting events and webinars honoring the crucial role that American small businesses play in the overall economy. Administrator Linda McMahon will start the week in Washington, D.C., where she will recognize and award outstanding small business owners and SBA Resource Partners from around the nation.
History of Small Business Week
SBA’s National Small Business Week sheds light on the small businesses and entrepreneurs of America and their success. Each year the President of the United States sets aside one week in the spring to honor and celebrate small businesses. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs for their notable contributions to their local communities and to the U.S. economy. More than half of all Americans either work for or owns a small business. A National Small Business Week Award is one of the nation’s highest honors for small business achievement. Every day, people are working to grow small businesses, create new and innovative jobs, drive change, and increase America’s global competitiveness.
Small Business Week 2019 Schedule
Sunday, May 5
Sunday’s events will include a live footage event on SBA’s official Facebook page. The event will feature a workshop on the Next Wave in Digital Commerce. This event will begin at 4:00 pm ET.
Monday, May 6
The live event will include Social Media Tips for Your Small Business Workshop followed by an announcement for “Small Business Exporter of the Year.” The event will begin at 10:30 am ET.
The major part of the weekend-long event is the award ceremony which honors small businesses and entrepreneurs.
These awards include:
- Small Business Investment Company of the Year
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award
- Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
- Veterans Business Outreach Excellence in Service Award
- Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
- SCORE Chapter of the Year
- Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
- Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
- Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (Services, Research & Development, and Manufacturing)
- Graduate of the Year
The winners of the awards were chosen in March.
Benefits of Small Businesses
Small businesses account for half of America’s workforce. More new jobs come from small business than any other source. Entrepreneurs are not only making a living for themselves, but they are also providing livelihoods. The small businesses contribute to the betterment of neighborhoods and the nation’s economy. Small businesses are essential to keeping America thriving.
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