Main Street Monday — National Small Business Week Kicks Off Today

May 4, 2015

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Main Street Monday

The ‘Dream Big, Start Small’ tour may be coming to a city near you.

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will travel during the week to events in Miami, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, D.C.

The lineup?

Today — Miami (12:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
Office Depot Headquarters, Boca Raton

Tuesday — Los Angeles (11:30 am to 1:30 pm)
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Wednesday — San Antonio (12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)
University of Texas

Thursday — New York (6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
LinkedIn, Empire State Building

Friday — Washington DC (10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Washington Post

And no worries if you can’t attend. Catch the a live stream on SBA’s SBA’s website at

“National Small Business Week is a chance to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and renew our commitment to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that is central to the American experience. This year’s winners are dynamic trailblazers in their respective small business fields, contributing to their local economies and providing good jobs in their communities. It is an honor to celebrate their hard work and success,” says Contreras-Sweet.

The small business lender winners listed below, along with all other winners and the six finalists for National Small Business Person of the Year, will be invited to a recognition ceremony at the White House on May 8th.

Jody C. Raskind Microlender of the Year Award
Justine PETERSEN Housing & Reinvestment Corp.
Robert Boyle, Founder & CEO
St. Louis, Mo.

Community Advantage Lender of the Year
Empire State CDC
(Subsidiary of NYBDC)
Patrick J. MacKrell
Albany, N.Y.

Small Business Development Center
Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University
William Joubert, Center Director
Sandy A. Summers, Assistant Director/Training Coordinator
Wayne R. Ricks, Senior Business Consultant
Brandy M. Boudreax, Business Consultant
Hammond, La.

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)
Monroe Capital Partners Fund LP
Theodore L. Koenig, Managing Member
Chicago, Ill.
NewSpring Capital
Michael DiPiano, Managing Partner
Radnor, Pa.