SBA kicks off National Small Business Week 2011

first_img7:30 pm ‘ 11:00 pm      Champion Award Winners GalaMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Visa and AvayaSpeakers: Deputy Administrator Johns, Cathy Hughes Media Contacts:         Dennis Byrne                    Cecelia Taylor                                                 dennis.byrne@sba.gov(link sends e-mail)            cecelia.taylor@sba.gov(link sends e-mail)                                                  (202) 205-6567                  (202) 401-3059 Small Business Week 2011 sponsors and cosponsors include: Association of Small Business Development Companies, AT&T, AVAYA, CareerBuilder, Dun & Bradstreet, Google, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of Development Companies,  National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, National Association for the Self-Employed, National Small Business Association, Nomadic Display, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot, Raytheon, Sam’s Club, SCORE, The Neat Company, Verio, Visa, the Wall Street Journal, and Women Impacting Public Policy. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting sbw@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2011.# # # 10:00 am ‘ 12:00 pm     Forum #3: Exporting Tools for SuccessMandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom 12:30 pm ‘ 2:30 pm      National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeakers: SBA Administrator Mills, Valerie B. Jarrett 2:30 pm ‘ 4:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CaféMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas The nation’s top entrepreneurs will gather this week to be recognized for their entrepreneurship, growth and success during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week celebration, May 18-20, 2011, in Washington, DC.  Under the theme Empowering Entrepreneurs,’ the three-day event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center will highlight business owners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, whose business achievements have contributed to job creation, the economy and to the nation’s recovery.  The National Small Business Person of the Year will be named from this group on Friday, May 20.Awards will also be presented for notable achievements in disaster recovery, government procurement, small business advocacy, and to top-performing SBA resource and lending partners.Featured Speakers at National Small Business Week will include:Administrator Karen Mills, U.S. Small Business AdministrationDeputy Administrator Marie Johns, U.S. Small Business AdministrationValerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of theWhite House Council on Women and GirlsU.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-Louisiana)Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red CrossCathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One Inc., and Chair ofSBA’s Advisory Council on Underserved CommunitiesSteve Case, Co-founder of AOL and Chair of Startup America PartnershipBill Rancic, Reality Show Star, Executive Producer and AuthorSeth Goldman, President and TeaEO, Honest Tea National Small Business Week will also feature a series of small business forums that are open to the public.  The forums address real-world topics that affect small businesses, including Growing Your Business While on the Go, Social Media, Exporting Tools for Success and Strategies for High Growth, High Impact Firms. The public can register for the free forums onsite starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 18.  Events during National Small Business Week can be viewed virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting accessible online at www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/webcast.php(link is external).  Visit www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com(link is external) to register for forums, and for the full Small Business Week schedule.  A list of the 2011 state winners can be found online athttp://nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/index.php?page=winners(link is external). Nation Small Business Week 2011 Schedule of Events(Subject to Change)Wednesday, May 181:00 pm ‘ 6:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft2:30 pm ‘ 4:30 pm       Growing Your Business While on the Go – A Road Warrior’s PerspectiveMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by AT&T and SCORESpeaker: Bill Rancic Thursday, May 198:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Raytheon10:00 am ‘ 11:15 am      Forum #1: Social Media: Get Your Business Connected Mandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by Intuit11:30 am ‘12:45 pm      Forum #2:  Strategies for High Growth, High Impact FirmsMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by CareerbuilderSpeaker: Seth Goldman1:00 pm ‘ 2:30 pm       Phoenix Awards LuncheonMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeaker: Sen. Jack Reed 2:30 pm ‘ 5:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CafeMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas6:00 pm ‘ 8:00 pm       Congressional Reception Hart Senate Office Building, Room SH-902Speaker: Sen. Mary L. Landrieu Friday, May 208:00 am ‘ 2:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google 8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Northrop GrummanSpeaker: Steve Case last_img read more