National Small Business Week 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hosts National Small Business Week each year to honor and highlight entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country.

This year’s event will take place from April 29 to May 5 and features a virtual conference as well as a bus tour through several states.

As a small business owner, you may be wondering how you can participate. There are several opportunities for small business owners to hear from industry experts, collaborate with other business owners and follow along on social media. Here are a few specific ways to support National Small Business Week:

Attend the Virtual Conference

SBA and SCORE will sponsor a free, three-day virtual conference during National Small Business Week.

It’s free but requires registration in order to receive an emailed copy of the schedule of live events. According to the SBA website, participants in the virtual conference will be able to listen to lectures on current business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts.

The press release for the virtual conference has a listing of talks presented by Google, Constant Contact, Visa and Chase for Business.

Check out the Bus Tour

The SBA will go on a multi-city bus tour during National Small Business Week to bring attention to some of America’s most outstanding business owners. Here are the tour dates:

  • Jacksonville, FL – May 1
  • Savannah, GA – May 1
  • Columbia, SC – May 2
  • Fayetteville, NC – May 2
  • Raleigh, NC – May 3

Come to the Hackathon

If you happen to live in the Washington D.C. area, the SBA invites you to bring your ideas and your laptop to a weekend-long Hackathon event where teams will work on solving “real business challenges.”

In describing the business challenge to be solved during the event, the National Small Business Week website states the following: “Help business owners focus more on their true passion by reimagining small business financial management. Make use of API’s from Visa, the U.S. Government, and third parties to build a game changing new tool.”

Can’t make it to Washington D.C.? No worries. You can support National Small Business Week in your local area. In fact, we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest the number one way to support this event: shop and eat at your favorite local small business!

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