This week we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, and cities across the nation are holding events to show their support of our nation's entrepreneurs. Today is filled with excitement on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., where successful local business leaders and small-business owners will lead informational sessions and workshops designed to give entrepreneurs an edge.
The day started with a panel discussion on how technology can help businesses break into private- and public-sector supply chains. Joe Koreis, president and CEO of thriving small business Clarus Fluid Intelligence, LLC, joined SBA Administrator Karen Mills and me to share his company's success story. It was an inspiring session, leaving the small-business owners in attendance with a sense of how technology and resources can help them reach their goals. The day also will feature breakout sessions on women’s business ownership, speed mentoring, global entrepreneurship, social media, cyber-security and supply chain diversity.
It's not only Seattle-based entrepreneurs who get to experience support like this; through June 21, similar daylong events will be held in Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. If you're not in one of those markets, Microsoft is proud to present all events via live stream on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.
Additionally, Microsoft Store locations across the country will hold V.I.P. events, presentations and product demonstrations to share how Microsoft solutions are helping small businesses realize their potential. I urge you to check with your local store for details and take advantage of activities happening in a city near you.
We also invite you to share how your business is using Microsoft technology to do amazing things. It's as easy as using one of our social channels (@MicrosoftSMB on Twitter or the Microsoft SMB Facebook page) to share your story, and your submission could be featured in a future Microsoft campaign. For Twitter and Instagram submissions, be sure to use #AmericaWorks to flag your submission; for Facebook submissions, upload a photo, video or post to our Facebook page. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. PST on June 28.
I hope you take advantage of the many ways National Small Business Week can help your small business thrive.