The nation’s top entrepreneurs will be honored at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events May 18-20 in Washington, 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 pm – 6:00 pm           Registration Open

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm           Opening Reception

U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Reception Rooms Sponsored by AT&T

 

Thursday, May 19

8:00 am – 5:00 pm            Registration Open

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area Sponsored by Microsoft

 

8:00 am – 5:00 pm            Cyber Café Open

Mandarin Oriental, Sackler Room

Sponsored by Google

 

8:30 am – 9:45 am            National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award Winners

Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by Raytheon

 

10:00 am – 11:15 am       Forum #1: Social Media

Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom

Sponsored by Intuit

 

11:30 am –12:45 pm        Forum #2:  Strategies for High Growth, High Impact Firms

Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom

Sponsored by Careerbuilder.com

 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm           Phoenix Awards Luncheon

Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom

 

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm           Networking Time – Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials

and the Cyber Cafe

Mandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm           Congressional  Reception

Location TBD

 

Friday, May 20

8:00 am – 2:00 pm            Registration Open

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function Area Sponsored by Microsoft

 

8:00 am – 5:00 pm            Cyber Café Open

Mandarin Oriental, Sackler Room

Sponsored by Google

 

8:30 am – 9:45 am            Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development

and Lender Award Winners

Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm       Exporting Tools for Success

Mandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom

 

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm         National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business Winners

Mandarin Oriental, Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by Sam’s Club

 

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm           Networking Time – Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials

and the Cyber Café

Mandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas

 

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm         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.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

 

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