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SBA announces ‘’13 National Small Business Week’

SBA 2013The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that its signature event, “National Small Business Week,” will be held June 17-21, with events taking place all across the country designed to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.

District Small Business Week events will be held in Puerto Rico May 13-17 and in the U.S. Virgin Islands May 28th through June 1st.

“Our district ‘Small Business Week’ events will include a series of procurement, training and recognition activities — all aimed at acknowledging the extraordinary contributions small businesses make to our overall economy,” said Puerto Rico & USVI District Director Yvette T. Collazo. “We encourage our business communities to join us in the celebrations.”

This year’s activities will include forums discussing the small business landscape, business coaching services, matchmaking events as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies.

National Small Business Week events will take place in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., where the week’s events will culminate with the announcement of the 2013 “National Small Business Person of the Year,” SBA officials said.

Candidates from all 50 states and territories will be competing for the award, and all small businesses that attend will interact with federal government officials, local elected leaders, representatives from national businesses and other small business experts.

In addition to the in-person events, “National Small Business Week” will also feature daily online forums that will focus on subjects such as exporting and access to capital.  All events will be live-streamed on SBA’s website. For more information on Puerto Rico and USVI events, call 787-766-5570.

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