SBA’s National Small Business Week Takes a New Route

Karen Mills and her crew are hitting the road next week as the U.S. Small Business Administration takes a new approach to its annual celebration of National Small Business Week. Mills, the SBA’s outgoing administrator, will make stops in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis and Pittsburgh for one-day events to offer tips and tools to small businesses.

Since 1963, presidents have proclaimed National Small Business Week. The year’s events, the 50th anniversary, continue to recognize the importance of small business owners and entrepreneurs to the U.S. economy. Our special section, Beginners to Bigshots, highlights the stories of some of those owners and entrepreneurs, many of whom have been honored during past National Small Business Weeks.

An event this Friday in Washington, D.C., will include the annual awards ceremonies, including naming the National Small Business of the Year from among the state winners.

Here are some highlights in the upcoming week’s event schedules, which feature SBA officials and resource partners along with successful small-business owners and entrepreneurs:

Monday’s events took place at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Wash. Keynote speaker Lee Rhodes, founder of Glassybaby, a maker of handmade glass votives, kicked off the day. Rhodes’ Seattle company, founded when she was battling cancer, has grown to an $8 million a year business.

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