What is National Small Business Week (NSBW)

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Register for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) NSBW Summit, May 2-5th

Watch this lively and in-depth discussion on how small business programs, policy and small business focused companies are reimagining how they work with American small businesses. By embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) concepts into outreach and communication efforts companies and organizations have seen more rewarding relationships and deeper connections in the communities they serve.

Offers and Events

Exclusive Offer

Intuit Quickbooks 30-day free trial then 30% off for 12 months. SBDC clients and advisors take advantage of this exclusive #SmallBusinessWeek offer.

Exclusive Partner Event

Tax Optimizer: Demystifying Taxes for Small Business & Freelancers with Lili

May 5th, 2022 3-4 pm ET

We’re proud to be partnering with the SBDC to bring you a highly informative and educational webinar on managing your taxes as a Small Business or Freelancer.

Join us for a 1-hour session led by a Lili executive (and former creative freelancer with 10 years of experience) who will walk you through the core tools and information that make tackling taxes (and save real $$) easier than ever. All registrants will also receive a copy of our “Small Business & Freelancer Handbook”, which includes everything you need to know about managing your business.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Taxes 101: How self-employment and income taxes are calculated
  • Smart Tax Tools: Leverage Lili to ensure you only pay what you owe
  • Get Prepared: Avoid penalties and organize your finances before you file

We look forward to seeing you!
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2022 NSBW Award Winners

State
Small Business Development Service Excellence and Innovation Award

Louisiana Small Business Development Center
Jimmy Nguyen, Associate Director
Heidi Melancon, Regional Director
Thibodaux, Louisiana

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

Missouri SBDC
Jennifer Garrett-Hart – Hartline Construction
Kansas City, Missouri

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network
Hernán Luis y Prado – VetPowered
California: San Diego & Imperial

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

Illinois SBDC Network
Chris and Mary Ginder – Gindo’s Spice of Life
Elgin, Illinois

State
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network
Jim Pillans – Brazos Valley SBDC
Texas: Gulf Coast

State
Small Business Person of the Year

Kevin and Angie Shaw – Brightways Counseling Group, LLC
Redmond, Oregon

State
Director’s Award for Excellence

Ryan Wines – Marmoset LLC
Portland, Oregon

State
SBDC Award for Excellence & Innovation Center Award

Klamath Community College & Small Business Development Center
Klamath Falls, Oregon

State (Region10)
Small Business Subcontractor of the Year

Native American Technology Corporation (NATECH)
North Bend, Oregon

District
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Ohio SBDC
Jill Badger, CBA, MBA – Toledo SBDC at Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ohio

National
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Kentucky SBDC
David Oetken, Anne Shadle, Rhonda Jones, Janet Flaugh – Kentucky SBDC
Louisville, Kentucky

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

Kentucky SBDC
Alejandro Ramirez – Universal Spartan, LLC
Kentucky

District
Women in Business Champion

Hawaii SBDC
Brianna Greer – LEI of Kauai
Lihue, Hawai’i

District
Women in Business Champion

Hawaii SBDC
Aesha Shapiro – Ladies Artisan Market
Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi

District
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Wisconsin SBDC
Tara Carr – SBDC at UW-Green Bay
Wisconsin

State
Small Business Exporter of the Year

Kentucky SBDC
Yong Qin (Angie) Yu – Two Rivers Fisheries, Inc.
Kentucky

State
Minority Owned Business of the Year

Britany Vinson
Texas: Gulf Coast 

State
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year

Latanyua Robinson, President & Founder – Latrobe, LLC
Arkansas

State
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Beverly Smith, President – Career Staffing Services, Inc.
Arkansas

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

Clarion University Small Business Development Center
John Martincic – Forest Scientific Corporation
Pennsylvania

State
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Lehigh University Small Business Development
Brett D. Smith – Lehigh University Small Business Development Center
Pennsylvania

State
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

Staten Island, NY
Elina Lecour – Lecour Law, P.C.
New York

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

Arkansas SBTDC
Jaim Krutz – Big Cuppa
Arkansas

Regional
Minority Owned Business of the Year

Widener University Small Business Development Center
Cofounders Dr. Guofang Wang and Dr. Xiaobin Li – Everest Medical Care Group LLC
Pennsylvania

Regional
Small Business Person of the Year Award

The University of Scranton SBDC
Jordan Galasso – Fit AF Nutrition
Pennsylvania

Regional
Eastern Pennsylvania District Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

Bucknell University Small Business Development Center
Keith D. Foust and Seth A. Foust, Owners – Susquehanna Fire Equipment Company, Inc. Nutrition
Pennsylvania

Regional
Eastern Pennsylvania District Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Wilkes University Small Business Development Center
Jordan Kotowski – Abe’s Hot Dogs
Pennsylvania

State
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Arkansas SBTDC
Mary Beth Brooks – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville ASBTDC
Arkansas

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

South Carolina SBDC
Ann Son – Holy City Linen Services
South Carolina

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

UGA SBDC
Ardina Pierre – Nature’s Own Herb Shop
Georgia

State
Small Business Person of the Year Award

Florida SBDC Network
Dennis Chan – Blue Bamboo Canton and Bistro
Florida

State
Small Business Exporter of the Year

Florida SBDC Network
Viv Helwig – Vested Metals International LLC
Florida

State
Minority Owned Business of the Year

Florida SBDC Network
Indira Vega – Indy Interpreting Inc. DBA CCI Group
Florida

State
Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year

Florida SBDC Network
Wanda Barton – Xtremely Clean Janitorial Services, LLC
Florida

State
Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

Oklahoma SBDC
Heather Watson & Chad Donoley – Arkansas Oklahoma Railroad
Oklahoma

State
Small Business Person of the Year

Rhode Island SBDC
Byron Delmonico – The Riddle Room
Rhode Island

State
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year

Rhode Island SBDC
Javier Brown – O2J, Inc.
Rhode Island

State
District Director Award

Rhode Island SBDC
Diane Fournaris – Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
Rhode Island

District
Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Georgia SBDC
Destiny Brewton – A House Called Hue
Georgia

District
SBDC Excellence and Innovation Center Award

Georgia SBDC
UGA Small Business Development Center in Gwinnett – UGA Small Business Development Center in Gwinnett
Georgia

State
Minority Small Business Champion 

Mississippi SBDC
Nelson Haskin Jr. – JR Forty LLC
Mississippi

State
Women Small Business Champion

Mississippi SBDC
Lisa Cochran – The Studio, LLC
Mississippi

State
Small Business Person of the Year

Wyoming SBDC
Lena Dirck – The Aspen House Restaurant
Wyoming

State
SBA Small Business of the Year

Nebraska SBDC
Taylor Korensky – Appsky
Nebraska

State and Regional
SBA Exporter of Year

Idaho SBDC
Blake Isaacs – Idaho Hydro Tech
Idaho

State
SBDC Service Center Excellence

Massachusetts SBDC
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s Government Sales Advisory Program
Massachusetts

State
Small Manufacturer of the Year

Massachusetts SBDC
J&J Machine Company
Massachusetts

State
Family Owned Business

Massachusetts SBDC
Euro-American Worldwide Logistics
Massachusetts

State
Financial Champion of the Year

Massachusetts SBDC
Kathleen Kelly – Webster Bank
Massachusetts

Regional
New England Prime Contractor

Massachusetts SBDC
U.S. Eco Products Corporation
Massachusetts

State
Exporter of the Year

Massachusetts SBDC
The Protectowire Company
Massachusetts

National
Boots to Business Instructor of the Year

Great Falls SBDC
Jason Nitschke
Montana

State/Regional
Indiana Small Business Person of the Year

Indiana SBDC
Donte Wilburn – Premier Auto Detailing & Wash
Indiana

State/Regional
Great Lakes/Indiana Exporter of the Year

Indiana SBDC
Dr. Klein Ileleji – JUA Technologies International
Indiana

State
Women-Owned Business Person of the Year

Indiana SBDC
Sany Young – Verdis
Indiana