This week weâ€™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 nationâ€™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 companyâ€™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.
Itâ€™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 youâ€™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. Itâ€™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.