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By Benetrends • April 21, 2015

Celebrate National Small Business Week May 4-8, 2015

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National Small Business Week (NSBW) is a weeklong event that celebrates the contributions of small business owners. This year, the event takes place May 4-8, 2015, and will focus on the theme of "SBA: Dream Big, Start Small"."

With an estimated 28 million small businesses in the United States, there is a lot to celebrate.

President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1963, honoring small businesses and their achievements. Every year since, each President has signed a proclamation to continue Small Business Week.

There will be small business events held in Miami, Los Angeles, San Antonio and New York City, followed by the National Small Business Week awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. There will also be events in SBAs 10 Regions and 68 Districts throughout May and June.

There are several award categories. In addition to Small Business Person of the Year, there are the:

  • Phoenix Awards - given to an individual whose business suffered a physical disaster loss and received an SBA disaster loan in the two prior fiscal years
  • Federal Procurement Awards - honorees small business that have served as prime contractors for government
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence - recognizes large prime contractors that use small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors

On April 6, 2015, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced the 54 Small Business Person winners, one from each of the 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The National Small Business Person of the Year will be selected from this group of honorees, to be announced at a formal event in Washington, D.C. on May 8th. To see this years winners, please click here.

Benetrends would like to congratulate all award winners and celebrate all of the amazing entrepreneurs, who are creating jobs and making important contributions every day.

Please click here for more information on National Small Business Week.