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SBA to honor top small biz owners

The nation’s top entrepreneurs will be honored at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events May 18-20 inWashington, D.C. Under the theme, “Empowering Entrepreneurs,” a series of events and educational forums will mark the 58th anniversary of the agency and the 48th annual proclamation of National Small Business Week.

More than 100 outstanding small business owners from across the country will receive awards while gathering for three days at the city’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. They will meet with top administration officials, congressional representatives and national business leaders.  The highlight of the celebration will be the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.

Men and women also will be recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship, and awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including the year’s top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center and Women’s Business Center.

Interested parties can register online at www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com, where additional information is available.  The event will also be webcast live at the web site.

“Small business owners and employees across America are proving their resiliency as they continue to drive the nation out of recession through economic growth and job creation,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.  “National Small Business Week gives us an opportunity to honor their achievements and the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and determination that makes them the engine of our economy and our nation’s economic recovery.”

The State Small Business award winners and recipients of the Champion and other Entrepreneurial awards are nominated by local trade associations, chambers of commerce and business organizations and government agencies.

Small Business Week 2011 Tentative Schedule of Events Wednesday, May 18

• 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.           Registration, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area

• 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.           Opening Reception, U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Reception Rooms Sponsored by AT&T

Thursday, May 19

• 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Registration, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area Sponsored by Microsoft

• 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Cyber Café Open, Mandarin Oriental, Sackler Room, Sponsored by Google

• 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.           National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award Winners, Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom, Sponsored by Raytheon

• 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.       Forum #1: Social Media, Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom, Sponsored by Intuit

• 11:30 a.m. –12:45 p.m.        Forum #2:  Strategies for High Growth, High Impact Firms, Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom, Sponsored by Careerbuilder.com

• 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Phoenix Awards Luncheon, Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom

• 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Networking Time – Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber Café, Mandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas

• 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.           Congressional  Reception, Location TBD

Friday, May 20

• 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Registration

• 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Cyber Café Open•

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Award Winners, Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom, Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

• 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Exporting Tools for Success, Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom

• 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business Winners, Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom, Sponsored by Sam’s Club

• 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Networking Time – Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber Café, Mandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas

• 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.         Champion Award Winners Gala, Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom, Sponsored by Visa

Small Business Week 2011 sponsors and cosponsors include: Association of Small Business Development Companies, AT&T, CareerBuilder, Dun & Bradstreet, Google, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of Development Companies,  National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders,  National Association for the Self-Employed, Nomadic Display, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Sam’s Club, SCORE, Verio, Visa, and Women Impacting Public Policy.


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