An event meant to focus the nation’s attention on the importance of the small business community will feature events in five cities across the country this year. The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding its annual National Small Business Week from June 17-21, 2013.
This will be the 50th anniversary of the event, which the government organization uses as a chance to highlight the impact small businesses have in the U.S.
More than half of all Americans work for or own a small business in the U.S., according to the SBA. As a result, small businesses are responsible for about two in every three new jobs created in the U.S. on an annual basis.
This year’s National Small Business Week will feature events coast-to-coast, on each weekday, starting in Seattle on June 17, Dallas on the 18th, St. Louis on the 19th, Pittsburgh, on the 20th and finally in Washington, D.C., for the final day.
Each city will host forums for small business owners to discuss the small business landscape, business coaching services, networking events, and various awards ceremonies. The 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year will be announced at the end of the week in the nation’s capital.
Event details for each of those host cities have not yet been announced through SBA.
National Small Business Week will also feature daily online forums on topics important to small business owners and entrepreneurs including access to capital and and exporting. The SBA will also be live streaming events throughout the week at SBA.gov.