National Small Business Week 2018 kicks off on April 29th, with the naming of a number of national award winners, various special events and even a free 3-day Virtual Conference all scheduled as part of this recognition of the nation’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
National Small Business Week is an annual event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and this year it runs from April 29 – May 5. According to a blog post authored by SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, the goal is to shine a spotlight on the nation’s 30 million small businesses.
For the first time ever, National Small Business Week organizers (SBA and SCORE) are hosting a Virtual Conference as part of the offerings.
The conference will include educational webinars, mentoring sessions and business resources. The webinars are free of charge, but registration is required.
Webinar topics range from the impact that the economic outlook has on small business, to using email marketing to how technology is changing consumer behavior. To see the full list and/or register for any of these sessions, click here.
There is also a scheduled Twitter Chat where you can chat with industry experts on how to start and grow a business, and a multi-city bus tour.
Free Cyber Awareness Resources for Small Business
As both a small business and a mature managed IT service provider, we recognize the myriad challenges facing companies operating in the digital age. And a major concern for every business - whether you admit it or not - comes from today's advanced persistent cyber threats.
The reality is that one of the main cyber-risks is to think (or pretend) that they don't exist. And unfortunately too many small businesses aren't Cyber Aware, and therefore are unprepared to defend against the cyber-threats that we are all facing.
In recognition of National Small Business Week, and in an effort to raise the level of awareness around the risks and what every business can do to protect themselves, we invite you to check out the free, information-based resources that we've made available in the Cyber Awareness Resource Center.
We encourage all small business owners/leaders to make Cyber Awareness a priority, and to visit (and bookmark - new resources are added all the time) the Resource Center and review the materials, share them with your staff, and then take steps to create an active culture of cyber awareness within your business.
About National Small Business Week
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.
As part of 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.