SBA Salutes Small Businesses At National Small Business Week May 18-20

Washington (PRESS RELEASE – March 15, 2011) – The nation’s top entrepreneurs will be honored at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events May 18-20 in Washington, D.C. Under the theme, “Empowering Entrepreneurs,” a series of events and educational forums will mark the 58th anniversary of the agency and the 48th annual proclamation of National Small Business Week.

More than 100 outstanding small business owners from across the country will receive awards while gathering for three days at the city’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. They will meet with top administration officials, congressional representatives and national business leaders. The highlight of the celebration will be the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.

Men and women also will be recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship, and awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including the year’s top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center and Women’s Business Center.

Interested parties can register online at where additional information is available. The event will also be webcast live at the web site.

“Small business owners and employees across America are proving their resiliency as they continue to drive the nation out of recession through economic growth and job creation,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “National Small Business Week gives us an opportunity to honor their achievements and the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and determination that makes them the engine of our economy and our nation’s economic recovery.”

The State Small Business award winners and recipients of the Champion and other Entrepreneurial awards are nominated by local trade associations, chambers of commerce and business organizations and government agencies.

Small Business Week 2011 Tentative Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 18

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration Open Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Opening Reception U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Reception Rooms Sponsored by AT&T

Thursday, May 19

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area Sponsored by Microsoft

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Cyber Café Open Mandarin Oriental, Sackler Room Sponsored by Google

8:30 am – 9:45 am National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award Winners Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom Sponsored by Raytheon

10:00 am – 11:15 am Forum #1: Social Media Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom Sponsored by Intuit

11:30 am –12:45 pm Forum #2: Strategies for High Growth, High Impact Firms Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom Sponsored by

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Phoenix Awards Luncheon Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Networking Time – Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber Cafe Mandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Congressional Reception Location TBD

Friday, May 20

8:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area Sponsored by Microsoft

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Cyber Café Open Mandarin Oriental, Sackler Room Sponsored by Google

8:30 am – 9:45 am Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Award Winners Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Exporting Tools for Success Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business Winners Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom Sponsored by Sam’s Club

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Networking Time – Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber Café Mandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Champion Award Winners Gala Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom Sponsored by Visa

Media Contacts:

Dennis Byrne (202) 205-6567

Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059

Small Business Week 2011 sponsors and cosponsors include: Association of Small Business Development Companies, AT&T, CareerBuilder, Dun & Bradstreet, Google, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of Development Companies, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, National Association for the Self-Employed, Nomadic Display, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Sam’s Club, SCORE, Verio, Visa, and Women Impacting Public Policy.

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 Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2011.

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  1. Small business week is nothing but kabuki theater, and small business is the puppet.

    The SBA and the politicians define “small” business as less than 500 employees. That constitutes 99.93% of every business in America – 28 million out of 28.1 million. Only 18,000 businesses are excluded. It’s the same as saying everyone under seven feet tall is “short” – a constituency so broad as to be meaningless.

    So why do the SBA and politicians on both sides love this non-definition? Simple. Every time they do a favor for larger corporations with 50-500 employees who are the meat and potatoes of the political donor base, they get to proclaim from the rooftops that they are helping “small” business. They regularly trot out businesses with 50-500 employees (usually closer to 500) and play kabuki theater with them to show us how much they love the little guy.

    The SBA size standards white paper shows their colors best. It states that it is “utterly impossible” to define small business by size, then they go ahead and do it by including every business in America at 500 employees. The European Union formally recognizes small as 49 or few employees. The Australians passed the Fair Trade Act of 2009 that formally defines small as 1-14 employees. Apparently it isn’t impossible, they just don’t want to do it.

    The media needs to stop being the pawn of the SBA and politicians. Any time one of them claims to help “small” business, they should be required to say exactly what size business they are talking about, and if they don’t, the media should not accept the story.

    Until we have a sane definition of small, just realize that all claims to support small business are nothing but kabuki theater. Which is exactly what “Small” Business Week amounts to. Just another empty photo op for the SBA and politicians to make unfounded claims of support for the little guy.

    Big is not small just because you say it is. Let’s demand a sane and formal definition of “small” as 20 or fewer employees. Then let’s see how much of the “support” is actually getting to the little guy. The SBA and the politicians don’t want you to know that.

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