National Small Business Week has been announced for May 12-16, 2014.
The week-long, cross-country series of events including forums on entrepreneurship, start-up and growth.
Activities will be held in four separate cities:
- May 12 in San Francisco, California
- May 13 in Kansas City, Missouri
- May 14 in Boston, Massachusetts
- May 15 in Washington, D.C.
A release from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which sponsors the event, says:
“Activities will include forums and panels discussing trends in small business, business innovation, financing, growth, matchmaking events, as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies.”
The week will include both webinars and live events. Those interested can sign up to participate at the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week website  or at a separate website  for the San Francisco event.
Events throughout the week will also be live-streamed on the Small Business Administration ‘s main website.
Another highpoint of the week will be choosing the 2014 Small Business Person of the year. A winner will be selected  from candidates in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.
The first National Small Business Week was launched by the SBA in 1963 as a way of highlighting small business owners and entrepreneurs for their contributions.
The SBA says the week is meant to highlight the important role small businesses play as job creators and innovators and their positive impact on the economy.