On April 29, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) kicked off its National Small Business Week 2018 in Washington, D.C. Small business owners from anywhere in the country can pick up some free business advice through free online workshops.
The SBA is the go-to source and voice for small businesses. Backed by the federal government, it empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the essential resources and support to begin and expand their businesses. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, creating approximately two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. annually, according to the SBA.
With its yearly National Small Business Week, the SBA highlights the impact made by entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others across the 50 states and U.S. territories. This year, the celebration runs through May 5, with national events occurring in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
During the week, educational opportunities, recognition of small businesses, and virtual events will take place in the SBA’s 10 regions and 68 districts. Events can be found nationwide, but if you can’t participate in person, here’s how to do so online.
Don’t-Miss Small Business Workshops
There is a free virtual conference from May 1 to May 3, held between 12:30–6:30 p.m. EDT. The conference, which has the SCORE Association as its co-sponsor, will enable viewers to watch educational webinars, obtain free business advice, and enjoy networking with other business owners.
Some highlights include:
“Grow Your Business in 2018,” hosted by Square, shows how to use small business technology tools to organize and simplify your business.
“Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Financing,” hosted by OnDeck, covers the various financing options for different types of business – and how to choose the best one for yours.
“Pop & Play: How Opening a Pop-Up Shop Can Help Launch Your Retail Brand,” hosted by Kimco Realty, shares how to grow your business and get new customers through pop-ups.
Other webinars include “How Changing Consumer Behavior Impacts Your Business,” “The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses,” and “Get New and Repeat Business On Autopilot with Email Marketing.”
Registration for the webinars is free, and additional details can be found at the register/login page hosted by SCORE and the SBA.
The SBA Road Show
SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will kick things off with a bus road show. It will begin in Jacksonville, Florida, and then head to Savannah, Georgia. Additional travels will include North Carolina and South Carolina. At each stop, McMahon will meet with small business owners, visit various small businesses, and conduct roundtable discussions. To follow the tour, check Twitter at #SmallBusinessWeek.