May 12-16, 2014, is Small Business Week, an annual recognition of aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration has highlighted the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week,” says an SBA announcement. This year, events will take place across the country to engage the small business community and highlight their importance as innovators and job creators who strengthen the nation’s economy.
“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. National Small Business Week will culminate in Washington, D.C., where the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year will be named. Candidates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico will be competing for the award. Small business owners and their employees who attend will interact with federal government officials, local elected leaders, representatives from national businesses and other small business experts.”