In 2020, America’s SBDCs dove directly into the tidal wave that was the Covid-19 pandemic. With a response mission simply outlined as “Response, Recovery, Resiliency & Reinvention,” SBDCs quickly assessed, adapted, pivoted and responded to the crisis they and their clients were facing. With a clear and truthful social media slogan, “Keep Calm & Small Business On,” SBDCs led by example — staying calm, assessing the situation and the risks, and finding opportunities to help small businesses survive.
In 2021, the America’s SBDC Conference will be an opportunity for SBDCs to come together with their peers, their partners and their sponsors, to discuss how they can continue to harness their skills, services and resources to respond to crises and risks, and adapt in uncertain times.
The business of managing risk, as we knew it, cannot -– should not -– return to the way it was. It needs to be reinvented. Everything is on the table -– and everyone is now listening to risk professionals. This is your opportunity to share your product, service and expertise, to ensure lasting positive outcomes for SBDCs and their small business clients as they navigate these challenging times and prepare for the future.
Last year we had over 3,000 SBDC professionals attend our virtual conference, and in 2019, we had over 1,500 attend in-person. The 41st Annual America’s SBDC Conference is currently scheduled to take place September 21-24, 2021, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A decision on whether the event will stay in-person, go hybrid or move to virtual will be made in the Spring. In any event, the conference is happening and we cannot wait to bring everyone together again!