Small Business Week Recap

May 24, 2011

Last week, the nation celebrated National Small Business Week with a number of events and activities in Washington, D.C. hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and co-sponsored by NSBA and various other organizations. This year’s events provided various educational and networking opportunities, and took time to recognize small-business leaders from across the country.

A key component of the festivities was recognizing small-business award winners from across the country. Winners from each state were recognized as were specific groups such as federal contractors. SBA also hosted a reception on the hill where small-business owners could mingle with elected officials and their staff.

In addition to the awards, various educational forums were held on topics ranging from telecommuting and doing business on the road to social media, and from high-growth strategies to exporting. NSBA staff was invited to attend these events and keep members updated via the NSBA Facebook page.

Also last week, NSBA held its quarterly board meeting in conjunction with SBA’s events, offering Trustees the opportunity to participate in various SBA events as well as the NSBA meeting.

The highlight of the week for NSBA, a small group of NSBA leadership met with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling at the White House. NSBA Chair Larry Nannis, Vice Chair Chris Holman, Vice Chair for Advocacy Jeff Van Winkle, past Chair Marilyn Landis, and President Todd McCracken met with Mr. Sperling and other Administration officials including NEC Chief of Staff Christine Koronides, and Jason Tepperman, Director of the Small Business Lending Fund at the Department of Treasury. The group discussed a range of key small-business issues including small-business credit and lending, tax reform, SBIR re-authorization and a White House Conference on Small Business.

Mr. Sperling and his colleagues were very open to NSBA’s comments and welcomed an ongoing dialogue on these and other key small-business issues.