This isn't like the competition we see on today's popular entertainment television shows. No, it's far more serious competition and recognition of small businesses that create
jobs, produce revenue, lift local economies, support the local infrastructure and give back charitably to the communities where they live and work. It's about the business of America.
Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. June 20-21, when one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week, (June 16-21). While in D.C., the winners will have opportunities to meet with top administration officials, and national business leaders.
Leading up to the Washington, D.C. event there are regional events that week in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh designed to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.
The participating state small business winners represent a broad range of business products, services and innovations, including a helicopter pilot school in Arizona, a native foods restaurant in Guam, a pet resort in Illinois, a tool and die company in Massachusetts, a structural steel contractor in California and 49 others from across the country.
Events on the schedule will be available for viewing virtually through SBA's free, live webcasting, which will be accessible at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Interested parties can register online at the same site, where additional information (updated weekly) is available regarding registration, awards ceremonies, small business forums and educational and matchmaking sessions.
Those wishing to attend events can register online:
-- in Washington D.C. at http://nsbwdc.eventbrite.com
-- in Seattle at http://2013nsbwseattle.eventbrite.com
-- in Dallas at http://2013nsbwdallas.eventbrite.com
-- in St. Louis at http://2013nsbwstlouis.eventbrite.com
-- in Pittsburgh, at http://2013nsbwpittsburgh.eventbrite.com. Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. This year's events will be held June 16-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow. In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.
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