The U.S. Small Business Week’s 2020 National Small Business Week celebrations officially commence this week with a virtual three-day award ceremony recognizing national award winners from across the country and U.S. territories for their significant accomplishments. The three-day award ceremony will commence Tuesday, Sept. 22, with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announcing the 2020 National Small Business Person of the Year.
Hosted by the SBA, the annual event honors the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs and business advocates. National Small Business Week events will continue through Sept. 26, with local events across the country.
President Donald Trump, in his proclamation declaring Sept. 20-26 as National Small Business Week, stated, “This year, as we collectively recover from an unprecedented pandemic, my administration remains intensely focused on helping every American enterprise remain viable, recover, and once again thrive at historic levels. Our nation’s more than 30 million small businesses, which employ nearly half the private-sector workforce and create two-thirds of all net new jobs, are the key to propelling our economy to the prosperity levels America has enjoyed over the past three years.”
The president added, “Across our country, small businesses are essential to their communities, creating jobs and giving back during times of prosperity and challenge. My administration is committed to investing in small business owners, and therefore advancing solutions that make it easier for them to exceed their goals. During this National Small Business Week, we celebrate the success of our American entrepreneurs who have chartered their own courses to provide jobs and a bright future for millions of American workers.”
The president’s proclamation closes with “NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 20 through September 26, 2020, as National Small Business Week. I call upon all Americans to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners as they grow our Nation’s economy.”
SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger welcomed the start of National Small Business Week.
“Small businesses are the fuel to the American economic engine, primarily through job creation, innovation and competition,” he said. “This National Small Business Week, we honor entrepreneurs’ resiliency and urge neighbors to ‘shop small.’ The SBA is proudly assisting in our continued economic recovery, most notably providing over $525 billion in lifelines to over 5.2 million small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program.”
“The Buffalo District winners will receive their honorary awards during this week’s NSBW and the district’s week-long tour personify the entrepreneurial spirit that is vital to the growth of the American economy,” SBA Buffalo District Director Franklin J. Sciortino said. “They are an innovative and diverse group involved in professional and medical services, retail, manufacturing and champions. We are proud to have helped many of them achieve their business success.”
This year’s National Small Business Week virtual conference will offer free educational webinars, free business advice and an opportunity to network with fellow business owners.
Registration is required; individuals interested in the conference can register here.