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National Small Business Week is Sept. 22-24

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Mon, Sep 14th 2020 12:30 pm

SBA hosts virtual event to honor America’s small businesses

Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza recently announced the kick-off for National Small Business Week 2020. The virtual event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held Sept. 22-24.

National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as the nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

“I am thrilled to host SBA’s virtual National Small Business Week ceremony and provide this opportunity to recognize inspiring entrepreneurs from across the country for their innovation and, in many cases this year, resilience,” Carranza said. “This year, we will spotlight America’s outstanding small businesses and their stories of perseverance and their ability to pivot and overcome adversity. This event will also feature many educational forums that will inspire entrepreneurs around the country as they recover and sustain their operations.”

National Small Business Week will also recognize small business advocates for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, and Veterans Business Outreach Center.

“There’s no question that COVID-19 has impacted small businesses across all industries. SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program helped more than 5.2 million small businesses and nonprofits keep their workers on payroll, regardless of state and local shutdowns or quarantine orders. Small business owners have risen up in the face of adversity to demonstrate the resiliency of American entrepreneurship,” added SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, who oversees the federal agency’s operations in the Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic Regions.

For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, visit sba.gov/NSBW.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events Sept. 22-24. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as this nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy.

The National Small Business Week event schedule includes three days recognizing America’s outstanding entrepreneurs, shining a spotlight on the nation’s 30 million small businesses across the country.

Details and registration information are posted on https://www.sba.gov/NSBW.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. ET – “Pride in America’s Small Businesses”

Day’s events include:

  • National Small Business Week Welcome: SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza
  • Keynote address
  • National Small Business Week awards presentations

•Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. – “Preparing for a Stronger Tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation”

Events include:

  • Panel discussion series: “America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate”
  • Midday sessions: SBA’s veteran resources and veteran success story videos

•Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. – “Preparing for a Stronger Tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation”

Events include:

  • Panel discussion series: “America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate”
  • Midday sessions: “The Business Landscape of Today and Federal and Local Resources to Empower Small Businesses”

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