National Small Business Week Offers Opportunities for Local Companies

May 1, 2015

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. 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.

During 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.

As part of National Small Business Week on May 4th - 8th, the Maine district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is sponsoring several events aimed at helping small businesses in Maine. MaineBiz magazine recently featured an article with information on several of these events.

One particular event which may be of interest to Sanford area businesses is a "Meet the Lenders" session on May 6th. The event is intended to give those seeking to start a business and business owners seeking financing the opportunity to meet with representatives from area banks, representatives from the SBA, development agencies, micro lenders and the chamber of commerce. SBA Regional Administrator Seth Goodall, District Director Marilyn Geroux and Deputy District Director Diane Sturgeon, among others, will on hand at the Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford from 9 a.m. to noon.  Find more information on this session or register to attend here.

The SBA will also be hosting a series of webinars covering a variety of common business topic areas including pay, digital footprints, new chip card payment technologies, benefits packages, and online payment strategies.  Click here for a list of webinars and more details.

For much more information on the SBA's National Small Business Week and various opportunities for free information and assistance visit the SBA's website.