Entrepreneurs Gather for National Small Business Week

President Obama officially declared the start of National Small Business Week, which will include panel forums, featured speakers such as Steve Case and the announcement of the 2011 National Small Business Person of the Year.

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President Obama officially kicked off National Small Business Week on Monday.On Monday morning, President Obama officially declared the start of National Small Business Week, an annual event of the Small Business Administration that will honor the nation's entrepreneurs during a week of events in Washington, D.C. "From the family businesses that anchor Main Street to the high-tech startups that keep America on the cutting edge, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of America's promise," said in a proclamation.

The main events during National Small Business Week will start on May 18 and take place over the next two-and-a-half days at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Some of the highlights include: the announcement of the 2011 National Small Business Person of the Year, to be selected from among 54 small-business award winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; featured speakers such as Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL and chairman of StartUp America Partnership and SBA administrator Karen Mills, who will speak on the theme of "Empowering Entrepreneurs"; and a series of executive panel forums for small-business owners on Strategies for High Growth, Exporting and Social Media. A complete agenda for the event can be found at NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com.


The SBA will also live stream events throughout the week on its website, for members of the public who are unable to attend in person.

Tags: National Small Business Week, News, Small Business Administration, Small Business Person of the Year

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