National Small Business Week April 30-May 6
More than half of all Americans own or work for small businesses, which create about two of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
To celebrate the impact small businesses have on the economy and American culture, SBA devotes one week every May to small businesses — National Small Business Week.
BDP client Phillip Cohen, Cohen Architectural Woodworking, Saint James has been named this year’s Small Business Person of the Year from Missouri. A BDP client for more than a decade, Cohen has grown his firm from a two-person (himself and his wife) home-based firm to a multimillion dollar, national business with about 75 employees. Cohen and all other state and territorial winners will compete in national SBA small business awards in several categories. National winners will be announced during National Small Business Week.
A number of other BDP clients have been named Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri 2017 winners, including Exporter Business of the Year BeWell Health, LLC, Columbia, DBA Nasopure. All eastern Missouri winners will be honored at a St. Louis awards luncheon in early May. See our latest update on BeWell Health.
There are also numerous events scheduled at MO SBTDCs and other small-business friendly venues statewide:
- St. Louis features about 20 free or low-cost events, including an SBA St. Louis District Office contracting matchmaking event Tuesday, May 2, to allow small businesses like yours to meet with federal, state and local agencies and prime contractors to learn about potential contracting and subcontracting opportunities.
- Columbia and central Missouri, free seminars, events and a continental breakfast and ribbon cutting 7:30 a.m., Monday, May 1 at Williams-Keepers LLC
- Springfield, about a dozen events, including “For Women: Becoming a Powerful Force in Today’s Workplace” May 1; “Sources of Funding” May 2, sponsored by the MSU SBTDC; and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business Award May 3.
- West Plains, a workplace safety seminar May 3.
Other learning opportunities that can be accessed remotely via computers, tablets or smartphones are scheduled for May 2-4. View the list of free SBA webinars and register online.
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