Celebrate local entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

National Small Business Week events will be held in multiple cities, including Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York City and Washington, D.C. Follow along via live streaming on www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw or using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz on social media.

U.S. SBA will also be hosting numerous training webinars this week covering a variety of common business topic areas regarding pay, digital footprints, new chip card payment technologies, benefits packages and online payment strategies.

NSBW 2015- Webinar Schedule

Monday, May 4, 2015
4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and ADP
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Do I Have to Pay My Employees for That?
Common and Not-So Common Workplace Scenarios
Join us as we discuss some of the common pay and time-tracking questions ADP’s HR HelpDesk fields every day. Participants will learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), correctly classifying employees as exempt, non-exempt or as an independent contractor, and more.

Monday, May 4, 2015
6:00-7:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and YP
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The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint
Consumers are serious researchers. When they are on the hunt for a new product or service, they will search across devices, use multiple sites, and make decisions after reading quality content and reviewing videos and images. Join Steve Strauss, USA Today Small Business columnist, and Jeff Biesman from YP for this action-oriented conversation.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and Visa
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What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Liability for Counterfeit Fraud on Chip Card Accounts
Liability for counterfeit fraud on chip card accounts will shift from the chip card issuer to business owners who have not upgraded to chip-activated terminals. Visa will bring together experts to help you understand how new payment technologies impact your business’ bottom line.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time
SBA and Colonial Life
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Voluntary Benefits: Not Just For the Big Guys
Many small businesses do not offer benefits. Many business owners don’t think they can afford them, don’t know that their business is large enough to qualify, or think they’re too much of an administrative hassle. But the truth is, you can offer a strong benefits package to your employees, even though your business is small. Join this webinar to learn more about voluntary benefits and how can they help your business.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
2:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time
SBA and PayPal
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Payments as a Trigger for Small Business Growth
PayPal and the SBA present a special National Small Business Week webinar about payments as a trigger for small business growth. Tune in to an interactive discussion featuring Crisloid, a PayPal merchant, and hear how simple steps like adding a payments button to your website can spur growth.

“Hang Out” with SBA and industry experts during National Small Business Week

Google+ Hangouts will feature daily tips for small business owners from major tech leaders and social media companies

WASHINGTON – As part of National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring an exciting lineup of social media companies, mentorship organizations and distinguished experts.

All Google+ Hangouts will start at 4 p.m. EDT and can be watched live at:

Small business owners can tweet questions for the panelists using the hashtag #SBW2013. No prior registration is required to watch.

Topics and panelists include:

Monday, June 17: Getting Started with Social Media – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from Twitter, Google, Constant Contact, and W20 Group will hang out.

Bill Murphy Jr., author and columnist for Inc.com will moderate.

Tuesday, June 18: Managing Your Business’s Online Reputation – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from Yelp, LinkedIn, OpenSky, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.,
Google and Manta will hang out.  Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media will moderate.

Wednesday, June 19: How a Mentor Can Help Your Business – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers will hang out. Fran Tarkenton, NFL legend and entrepreneur will moderate.

Thursday, June 20:  How to Get a Business Loan – 4 p.m. EDT

Panelists from Wells Fargo, SCORE, SBA’s Office of Capital Access, and SBA loan recipient Ninkasi Brewing Company will hang out. Calvin Goings, SBA’s Region 10 Administrator, will moderate.

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year’s events will be held June 17-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow.  In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

Small Business Week 2013 sponsors include: Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Microsoft, National Association of the Self Employed (NASE), Arlington Texas Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, ADP, Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network, Staples, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Visa, Women Impacting Public Policy, Lockheed Martin, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, Business Forward and Office Depot.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting smallbusinessweek@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.

Release Number: 13-34
Contact: Terry Sutherland (202) 205-6919
Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news