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Happy National Small Business Week!
Published on May 4, 2015
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the essential role small business plays in the American economy and in American society. The theme for 2015 is “SBA: Dream Big, Start Small.” Throughout the week, there will be live events in Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as a variety of live-streaming presentations.
Live events are held in a different city each day of Small Business Week, beginning with Miami/Boca Raton on Monday, May 4, 2015 and continuing until Friday’s events in Washington, D.C. If you live in or near one of the host cities, you can get more information and register on the Small Business Association’s website.
If you aren’t able to attend in person, you still have the opportunity to hear from experts on a wide variety of topics via live-streaming throughout the week. The live-streaming events kick-off on Monday at 1 PM Eastern Time with a panel discussion on small business financing. The discussion is followed by a conversation with SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Joyce Rosenberg of the Associated Press.
Each city’s presentations focus on topics of interest to small business, but the concluding day in Washington, D.C., includes the InnovateHER final competition. This is a live pitch competition featuring 15 entrepreneurs whose products and services were deemed by the SBA to best meet the competition criteria and present the greatest potential for success in supporting the lives of women and families.
The SBA has also pulled together webinars on key topics of interest to small business owners. These hour-long webinars are free, but registration is required.
Do I Have to Pay My Employees for That? Common and Not-So Common Workplace Scenarios: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4-5 PM, Eastern Time
The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 6-7 PM
What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Liability for Counterfeit Fraud on Chip Card Accounts: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 3-4 PM, Eastern Time
Voluntary Benefits: Not Just For the Big Guys: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 4-5 PM
How Online Payments Can Drive Small Business Growth: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM
This week, take the time to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for your accomplishments to date—and take advantages of opportunities to learn how to take your business to the next level.