The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that National Small Business Week (NSBW) will take place May 1-7. The virtual summit will acknowledge small businesses from across the country for their resilience, ingenuity and creativity, and will recognize SBA partners for their involvement in entrepreneurial development, disaster recovery, government contracting, financial development, and overall support for small businesses and entrepreneurship.
“National Small Business Week is a time to honor and celebrate America’s entrepreneurs and innovative startups. This year’s theme, ‘Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship,’ celebrates the resiliency and tenacity of America’s entrepreneurs who are doing their part to power our nation’s historic economic comeback,” said Administrator of the SBA, Isabella Casillas Guzman. “This year’s NSBW will offer entrepreneurs in rural, suburban, and urban communities across America a week-long event that will highlight the tools and information they need to continue to power our economic growth, strengthen our supply chains, and deliver the products and services Americans depend on every day. I look forward to recognizing our small business giants and their tremendous impact on our economy and communities across the nation.”
The SBA will co-host a free, four-day virtual summit from May 2 through May 5, 2022, along with SCORE, to honor the nation’s 32.5 million small businesses for their perseverance.
According to SBA Regional Administrator Marlene Cintron, this year’s summit will focus on access to critical federal resources, educational workshops, and networking to help the nation’s entrepreneurs pivot and grow in the face of current and future challenges.
“The SBA is meeting small businesses where they are. National Small Business Week will allow our entrepreneurs – from the smallest of small still recovering from the COVID pandemic to those looking to grow – to share their stories of grit, determination and ingenuity at a time when it was needed the most,” said Cintron.
SBA Resource Partner SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, is the national cosponsor of the week this year that provides free mentoring, one-on-one counseling and business advising programs across America.
“We look forward to joining the SBA in co-hosting this important virtual summit during National Small Business Week,” SCORE CEO Bridget Weston said. “For anyone thinking about starting or growing a small business, this event will connect entrepreneurs with a wealth of industry experts and crucial information to help them achieve success.”
The 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year award winners from each state, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, will be honored, and the SBA will announce the 2022 National Small Business Person of the Year from among the state winners represented. In addition, National Small Business Week recognitions and educational sessions will occur throughout each of the SBA’s 10 regions and 68 district offices.
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