How to Participate in National Small Business Week Without Leaving Your Office

If you don’t live in or close to any of the selected cities for #SBW2014, here’s how you can keep up with National Small Business Week online.

Happy National Small Business Week, small business owners and entrepreneurs! Ever since President John F. Kennedy first signed the presidential proclamation in favor of Small Business Week in 1963, this national holiday has been recognized far and wide across the United States and is celebrated on a yearly basis. This year the festivities begin this week from May 12th through May 16th.

Throughout the week, various speakers and seminars will be presenting in a few select cities (San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston and Washington, D.C.). If you’re someone who gets especially excited about Small Business Week, but you don’t live in or close to any of the selected cities, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun! Here’s how you can keep up with National Small Business Week online.

1) The SBA website is your best friend.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is your ultimate resource during National Small Business Week with a special site created for everyone to browse through and follow along. On the site you can locate (on the home page, and under the Schedule tab) links, instructions, and times to tune into live feeds of the conference. Be sure to check out the schedule to see which speakers you especially don’t want to miss.

 2) Join in on the conversation.

With any big event these days, there is a designated hashtag. This year, the National Small Business Week hashtag is #SBW2014. Tweet with it on Twitter to see how people react to the events in real time, check out any and all small business discussions on Facebook, and take a look at any cool event photos by searching the hashtag on Instagram. Hashtags are great for conferences like these because you get to be a part of a larger conversation with people you wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to communicate with. Connect with fellow small business lovers all over America this week; all you need is the secret password (hint: #SBW2014).

3) Continue learning even after the events are over.

Just because National Small Business Week comes to an end doesn’t mean the celebration, or the learning and discussion, needs to end too! Just in time for National Small Business Week, Facebook has announced the new release of Small Business Bootcamps. The social platform came to the realization that a fair amount of their site users include small business pages. To help celebrate small business, they’re offering “boot camp” seminars to educate small business owners on how to best utilize Facebook to grow their businesses.

What a wonderful time we live in that National Small Business Week can be accessible to any small business enthusiast in the United States! But why stop there? If we can attend NSBW from the comforts of our cubicles, then we can learn about and grow our entire business from the very same place. By taking advantage of things like Small Business Boot Camps, we’re truly pushing our businesses to their full potential.

About the Author

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @deborahsweeney and@mycorporation.

Small Business Then and Now

Although the entrepreneurial spirit remains strong among small business owners, a lot has changed over the past six decades. Here are some of the major differences between present day small businesses and those from the 1960’s and 70’s.

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Although the entrepreneurial spirit remains strong among small business owners, a lot has changed over the past six decades. Here are some of the major differences between present day small businesses and those from the 1960’s and 70’s:

  • During the 1960’s, big business dominated the domestic economic landscape which made it difficult for small firms to compete. In the 1950’s, small business output accounted for roughly 58 percent of total domestic output.This number dropped to around 48 percent in the early 60’s and, by 1977, small businesses with fewer than 500 employees produced only 46.5 percent of business output in the United States. Today, small business’s contribution is starting to grow again, and the SBA estimates that the output percentage of GDP is back up to 50 percent.
  • In 1965, the top five industries for startup companies were: housing, computer technology, chemicals, electrically powered consumer durables and automobile services/parts. Today, the top five fastest growing industries are: candy, mobile apps, accounting services, fast casual dining and green construction.
  • In the 1950’s and 60’s, the SBA only classified companies employing less than 250 employees as small businesses. This number was raised to less than 500 employees in the 1970’s. Today, firms with fewer than 500 workers account for 99.7 percent of employer firms. There are currently 28 million small businesses in the United States and they outnumber large corporations 1162 to 1.
  • In 1960, roughly 10 percent of small businesses in the United States were owned by minorities. As of 2007, one-fifth (21.3 percent) of the nation’s 28 million small businesses were minority-owned.
  • In 1972, women owned only 4 percent of all American businesses. Today, 38 percent of American businesses are owned by women.

Other Interesting Figures from 2013

  • 70 percent of small businesses survive past two years while only 50 percent make it past five.
  • Small businesses employ 57 percent of the country’s private workforce.
  • 50.8 percent of small business owners have college degrees.
  • Immigrants make up 12.5 percent of small business owners in the United States.
  • 54 percent of small businesses are operated from home. Only 2 percent are franchises.

What changes do you think are on the horizon for small businesses in the next 50 years?

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