Since 1963, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has taken the opportunity to recognize and spotlight all that small businesses have contributed to their communities, locally and nationally during National Small Business Week. As defined by the Office of Advocacy, a small business is “an independent business having fewer than 500 employees.”1 As of February 2015, there were an estimated 28.4 million small businesses in the United States.
“Employees come to work looking for fulfillment. While people want to be compensated well and have nice benefits, it’s important to remind them of the importance and the value and significance of their work, and we are doing that.”
–Maria Contreras-Sweet, 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
Beginning May 4, 2015, Office Depot, Inc. will kick off a week-long celebration for National Small Business Week that starts at the headquarters in Boca Raton, FL. The start of this 5-city tour will host approximately 700 small businesses with Microsoft live streaming the experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions and interesting panel discussions. As part of this exciting occasion, several notable guests will also speak and join in a Q&A discussion.
Among the list of speakers is the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet. During her extensive career, Contreras-Sweet has accomplished a great deal from founding the first Latino-formed commercial bank in California in over 35 years to becoming Administrator of the SBA and member of President Obama’s Cabinet. Event participants can look forward to discussions around Contreras-Sweet’s thoughts on today’s most relevant topics in the small business community.
National Small Business Week is simply about a common bond. The understanding of what it takes to conceptualize your passion, possess an unwavering belief that you can accomplish a goal, and turn that goal into a small business with 80% hard work and 20% blind faith and luck. The blood, sweat and tears of it all … this is what it’s all about. A union of small businesses, reveling in and acknowledging all that has been accomplished.