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.”
Throughout Small Business Week there will also be webinars and other live events. Interested individuals can register online at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek where additional information on National Small Business Week events will be made available. Some events will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.
Owning a small business is a part of the great American dream for hundreds of thousands of people. But many of those dreams are never realized since those would-be business owners , fearful of failure, never take action.
One solution is to consider a franchise. Franchises offer proven business models so you know they can work for you if you follow the guidelines. Buying a franchise not only greatly reduces the risk of failure, but also gives you a head start with an instant brand identity and the security of knowing what to do, so you can be off and running a lot faster than starting a business from scratch. Contact a local franchise consultant to learn about some franchise business models that might be right for you.
Michael Hall is President and the Owner of FranNet Carolina, a franchise consulting company specializing in matching potential business owners with the right business opportunity. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-522-9394.