National Small Business Week is a national recognition event to honor the United States' top entrepreneurs each year. Since 1963, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has sponsored National Small Business Week to recognize the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the nation.
This year get involved in national, local and online events. For example, if you’re an entrepreneur or run a small business, share your story, partner with other businesses and invest in your business through educational workshops and seminars.
There are over 28 million small businesses in the United States alone. This translates to over 120 million individuals employed by small businesses. The United State’s small business community contributes approximately $8.5 trillion to the economy, roughly half of the total $17 trillion GDP. Furthermore, Entrepreneurship has always been a gateway for underrepresented populations, especially minorities, women, and LGBTQ communities.
As an example of how small businesses pack a big economic punch, let’s look at the numbers in my local Portland/Vancouver metro area. According to Venture Portland, 98% of Portland’s 19,200 neighborhood businesses have 5 or fewer employees but provide more than 270,000 jobs in total. That is to say, small businesses contribute more than $100 million in taxes annually, helping to fund essential city services like firefighters and parks.
In short, show your support by joining the celebration. Download and display a ‘Portland Celebrates Small’ sign in your window, take some photos and tell us all about it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here are their recommendations on Five Things to Do for National Small Business Week.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS TO CELEBRATE ENTREPRENEURS
May 2, 2019
SCORE, SBA’s resource partner and NSBW fiscal agent, will host a NSBW Twitter Chat on Tuesday, May 2nd from 12:30-1:30 pm ET. SCORE’s handle is @SCOREMentors and the chat hashtag is #SmallBusinessWeek. Additional information and chat questions will be provided next week.
May 2, 2019
2019 Small Business Week Luncheon at the Portland Art Museum
Sponsored by the by U.S. Small Business Administration Portland District Office.
This year the Portland District will host a great luncheon event for approximately 200 active partners in growing small business. Attendees will include small and medium-size businesses, lenders, SCORE and WBC advisors, members of the network of Small Business Development Centers, community members, elected officials, and SBA leadership.
May 3, 2019
SBA and GBYO Partner for Webinar
The SBA is partnering with the US Small Business Administration to host a free webinar session on Wednesday, May 3rd, hosted by Anastasia Kudrez, speaker for Google’s ‘Get Your Business Online’ program.
April 28-May 10, 2019
National Small Business Week: Celebrate at the Microsoft Store-Pioneer Place
Come to your local Microsoft Store in May for complimentary workshops tailored to small businesses of all sizes. Learn high-level fundamentals, obtain licenses and permits, and build your brand. Plus, master the little things that make a big difference, like how to create a compelling PowerPoint presentation, set an air-tight budget in Excel, or promote your business on LinkedIn.
See a full list and register today at www.microsoft.com/pioneerplace
May 7-May 8, 2019
National Small Business Week 2-Day Virtual Conference
Hosted by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE Association
Event Time: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM Eastern / 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Pacific
The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8.
Registration is free to the public. Participate in all the webinars or pick and choose the topics you like. You will also have the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling.