Every year for 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW). The purpose is to focus on the contributions that America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners make to our economy, culture, and overall business community. Events across the country will mark the week, including awards ceremonies and virtual events. Read on to find out more about NSBW and how you can participate.
When is National Small Business Week?
This year, NSBW is May 1-7, 2022. The theme is “Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship”. The events will highlight how America’s entrepreneurs are rebuilding the American economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, and how important small businesses are to being the basis of a healthy economy.
During the week, the SBA and sponsoring partner SCORE will highlight the tools and information that entrepreneurs and small business owners need to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening supply chains and delivering products and services that Americans need.
Small businesses will find several aspects of NSBW helpful, including:
- Access to federal resources
- Educational workshops
How Can Small Businesses Get Involved?
If you’re a small business owner or a lover of small businesses, you can participate in National Small Business Week in a number of ways to show your support.
First, you can attend the small business week virtual events (more on that below). You may also attend local, in-person events and popup events – check with your local SBA for more information.
A great way to participate in NSBW is by sharing your story through social media or email. You can find social media resources at Small Business Trends, including Instragram images to promote NSBW and your business. To make your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook posts part of the larger conversation, use the following hashtags:
NSBW is a great time to thank your supporters as an entrepreneur or small business owner. If you have the time, you can host an event at your business or write thank you cards to your top supporters. It’s also easy to create a thank you video to show on your social media accounts or send to your email contacts.
You can also support a local small business of your choice, whether or not that business is your own. Encourage friends and family to pay special attention to small businesses during NSBW, and brag about your favorites in social media or online reviews.
Small Business Week Virtual Events
A number of small business week events will take place, with a particular emphasis on virtual events due to the ongoing pandemic. The SBA will hold a four-days series of events from May 2-5, including a National Small Business Week virtual summit, educational sessions, and award presentations. You can attend a webinar to help learn more about growing your small business, network with other small business owners, and find resources for your business. More events will be announced as they develop.
SBA National Small Business Week Awards
Each year during NSBW, the SBA recognizes top small businesses in the U.S. with the National Small Business Week Awards. The awards recognize the achievements of small businesses in their communities and the U.S. economy. Awardees are recognized from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam, with one winner from each of these areas selected for the Small Business Person of the Year. Each of these winners will compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award, which is SBA’s top honor.
Other categories include:
- Small Business Exporter of the Year
- Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
- Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
- Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
- Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
- Federal Procurement Awards:
- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
- 8(a) Graduate of the Year
- Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
- Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
- Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
- Small Business Investment Company of the Year
Although nominations are closed as of January 11, 2022, the awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards ceremony, usually the last day of the week.
How Nav Supports Small Businesses
At Nav, we love NSBW. Nav’s main mission is to increase the lifespan of small businesses and help you succeed. Whether you want to grow your business or maintain your current success, Nav offers products and services to help keep you financially afloat.
We aim to be the best small business financial health platform, giving small business owners and entrepreneurs access to financial resources such as loans, lines of credit, and credit cards. We use intelligent data to give you customized recommendations to improve your odds of being approved for financing options and credit cards.
Use Nav to help you find the right loan or financing for your business, such as:
And much more. You can also apply for Nav’s Small Business Grant, which is basically free money for your business.
We also help you monitor your business credit through credit reports and help you find ways to boost your business credit score.
Let us know how you plan to celebrate National Small Business Week 2022.
For more info, please visit sba.gov.