Each May, National Small Business Week shines a light on the impact that locally owned shops, restaurants, service providers and more have on the U.S. A national event, the celebratory week kicks off with a proclamation from the White House and continues with a week full of informative and engaging events. This year’s main events will run from May 5 through May 11.
Championed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, National Small Business Week brings together experts, entrepreneurs and advocates for events that highlight the impact of small businesses and encourage future growth. In Washington, D.C., the week begins with a “Hackathon” designed to address disaster recovery. Coders, designers and developers will work to develop new app-based tools to help small business owners confront major natural disasters. The week continues with a social media workshop and an awards ceremony, recognizing the Small Business Persons of the Year from all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
If you’re unable to attend in person in the District, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate. The Small Business Administration will host a free, two-day Virtual Conference to include webinars and networking opportunities with industry experts. On Friday, May 10, @SBAgov will hold a Twitter Chat to answer questions and share tips for small business growth. If you have a question or want to join the conversation, use #SmallBusinessWeek.
Local communities will also organize celebratory events for the occasion. The city of Austin, Texas, will celebrate National Small Business Week with five days of training events for Austin’s small businesses. The free event will complement the programming taking place in D.C., covering topics like human resources, female entrepreneurship and legal services. San Francisco will also host a week-long celebration, beginning with a City Hall Pop Up Shop on Monday, May 6. Find a local event in your community or check the complete Small Business Week calendar from Small Business Trends.
More than a fun celebration, National Small Business Week has become an American tradition. For more than 50 years, the White House and the Small Business Administration have taken the opportunity to highlight America’s small businesses and the important impacts they have. Whether you celebrate at the national level or keep things local, take advantage of the conversation and community support during National Small Business Week.