September 15, 2020
By Caity Roach
Contributing Editor, Hot Topic Tuesday
Hot Topic Tuesday — SBA Prepares for National Small Business Week
Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, recently announced the kick-off for National Small Business Week. The virtual event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22nd through September 24th.
National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses for their achievements and dedication to their communities. In addition, small business advocates will be recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship.
“I am thrilled to host SBA’s virtual National Small Business Week ceremony and provide this opportunity to recognize inspiring entrepreneurs from across the country for their innovation, and in many cases this year, resilience,” says SBA Administrator Carranza. “This year, we will spotlight America’s outstanding small businesses and their stories of perseverance and their ability to pivot and overcome adversity.”
“There’s no question that COVID-19 has impacted small businesses across all industries,” adds SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger. “SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program helped more than 5.2 million small businesses and nonprofits keep their workers on payroll, regardless of state and local shutdowns or quarantine orders.”
This year, the SBA will be presenting awards to participating SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development who assisted with COVID-19 recovery, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, and Veterans Business Outreach Center.
Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 22, at the 1:00 p.m. EDT online session. Educational panels for small business owners about learning to pivot their business plans during the pandemic will take place on the following two days beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT. For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit sba.gov/NSBW.