National Small Business Week kicked off this past Monday, with banks, lending institutions, and business owners assembling in Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Seattle, and Washington D.C. to support small business entrepreneurship in the United States.
Hosted by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), National Small Business Week will not only recognize the success of American entrepreneurship, but also offer seminars to help small business owners grow and expand their companies. Entrepreneurs will be able to attend discussions regarding federal policy on taxes, healthcare, immigration, and other issues critical to American small business.
Many respected entrepreneurs have been invited to speak at National Small Business Week, including Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Square and Twitter, Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, and Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. At Friday’s closing ceremony, small businesses will be recognized and honored for their hard work and success.
The goal of National Small Business Week is to offer insight into issues relevant to small businesses, the SBA, and corporate sponsors. Panel discussions will feature the following topics:
Healthcare Reforms – Given the recent passage of new healthcare provisions under the Obama administration, many small business owners have struggled to understand how the changes will affect their businesses. For this reason, National Small Business Week will host several sessions to discuss and explain the Affordable Care Act to help entrepreneurs better understand new healthcare legislation.
Globalization – President Obama wants small businesses to play a more significant role in helping to fulfill his pledge for the United States to double its exports by 2015. Many small businesses are interested in participating in international trade, but don’t know how to get involved. Panels at National Small Business Week hope to give would-be international exporters the information they need to get started.
Financing – As part of this week’s events, the SBA and the US Treasury Department will host several sessions to inform small business owners about ways to raise capital for their businesses. For those unable to attend the events in person, there will also be a Google+ hangout on loans for small businesses.
Panel for Underprivileged – A panel discussion called “Resources for Tribal Business” will be held to help immigrant entrepreneurs locate the opportunities available to them in the United States.
This article was submitted by Rohit Arora, co-founder of Biz2Credit. Biz2Credit is a small business marketplace that connects entrepreneurs with financing options and advice to grow their business. Send all questions to