During the 50th annual National Small Business Week, the US Small Business Administration will offer tips, tools, and training on a variety of topics for small business owners. Register to attend live, or stay home and watch it all on your computer screen June 17-21.
At live events five days next week in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and finally Washington, registered participants can attend workshops on topics including how to start a business, exporting, going global, blogging, cyber security, finding capital, supplier diversity, social media, crowdsourcing, small business certifications, and the Affordable Care Act.
But you don’t need to register or even leave your shop, office, or home to glean all the same information online. All events will be live-streamed at the SBA Small Business Week website.
SBA will also host daily online Google+ Hangout panel discussions with leading small business vendors and supporters Monday-Thursday starting at 4:00 pm EDT. Participants in Google+ Hangouts can Tweet questions in real time to panelists with the hashtag #SBW2013. These events can be viewed at the SBA Google+ page:
- Monday: Marketing execs from Google+, Twitter, Constant Contact, and W20 offer advice on getting started in social media.
- Tuesday: Leaders from Manta, LinkedIn, Yelp, Google, OpenSky, and Dun & Bradstreet share tips for managing your business’s online reputation.
- Wednesday: Learn all about the benefits of having a business mentor from entrepreneur and NFL legend Fran Tarkenton and a panel of small business experts.
- Thursday: Hangout with Wells Fargo, SCORE, SBA’s Office of Capital Access, and SBA loan recipient Ninkasi Brewing Company to learn how to get a loan.
In addition, keynotes and armchair interviews will feature entrepreneurial superstars such as glassybaby founder Lee Rhodes (June 17), World Wide Technology founder David Steward (June 19), Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey (June 20), and Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks (June 21). Their talks can also be viewed at the SBA Small Business Week website.
For additional local live Small Business Week events outside of the five main cities, check out SBA’s local events map.