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Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, theÂ District of Columbia,Â Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin IslandsÂ and GuamÂ will converge onÂ Washington, D.C.Â June 20-21, when one will be selected as theÂ National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, (June 16-21).
Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.
ThisÂ competition is a recognition of small businesses that create jobs, produce revenue, lift local economies, support the local infrastructure and give back charitably to the communities where they live and work.
While in D.C., the winners will have opportunities to meet with top administration officials, and national business.
Leading up to theÂ Washington, D.C.Â event there are regional events that week inÂ Seattle,Â Dallas,Â St. Louis, andÂ Pittsburgh designed to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.
The participating state small business winners represent a broad range of business products, services and innovations, including a helicopter pilot school inÂ Arizona, a native foods restaurant inÂ Guam, a pet resort inÂ Illinois, a tool and die company inÂ Massachusetts, a structural steel contractor inÂ CaliforniaÂ and 49 others from across the country.
Events on the schedule will be available for viewing virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting, which will be accessible atwww.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Interested parties can register online at the same site, where additional information (updated weekly) is available regarding registration, awards ceremonies, small business forums and educational and matchmaking sessions.
Those wishing to attend events can register online:
- inÂ Washington D.C.Â atÂ http://nsbwdc.eventbrite.com
- inÂ SeattleÂ atÂ http://2013nsbwseattle.eventbrite.com
- inÂ DallasÂ atÂ http://2013nsbwdallas.eventbrite.com
- inÂ St. LouisÂ atÂ http://2013nsbwstlouis.eventbrite.com
- inÂ Pittsburgh, atÂ http://2013nsbwpittsburgh.eventbrite.com.
All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.