For the past 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized a select group of entrepreneurs from all across the country to be honored for their awesome achievements. The celebration is part of National Small Business Week, which this year happens from April 29 through May 5.
Established by Presidential Proclamation each year since 1963, the awards are designedto highlight the assistance and mentorship programs provided by the SBA. New this year: a series of virtual conferences hosted by industry experts.
Since all of us in the QB Community LOVE any opportunity to celebrate the dedication and drive of people who work for themselves, you won't be surprised to learn we'll be recognizing some amazing small business owners as part of our own campaign. We can't wait to share more inspiring stories of entrepreneurial perseverance and triumph!
In the meantime, there's tons of great learning available all next week thanks to the National Small Business Week campaign. Take a peek at the list of webinars below, and then register here to kick-off a great week of education and discovery.
How Changing Consumer Behavior Impacts Your Business - May 1 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT Technology allows you to understand consumer behavior better than ever. Join this webinar by Anastasia Kudrez of Google to learn how these insights can help shape your digital marketing plan, and what you can do to position your business for success.
Addressing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace - May 1 at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT In this timely and informative seminar from Paychex, we’ll discuss workplace discrimination and harassment – including sexual harassment. You’ll learn about employer liability under federal law, as well as the elements required to establish an affirmative defense to harassment claims. We’ll also cover specific policies and procedures for handling complaints, investigations, and retaliation, that can help protect your employees and your business.
Get New and Repeat Business On Autopilot with Email Marketing - May 1 at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT Your business thrives on bringing in sales from new and existing customers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring in those sales more frequently without having to spend a lot of time doing so? In this webinar by Constant Contact, we’ll show you some simple ways to repeatedly reach customers with email marketing.
Creating and Sustaining a Strong Social Presence - May 1 at 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT You want to use social media for your business, but where should you start? Vistaprint's Sarah Nunes will explain why you should be on social and some easy-to-use tips and tricks for small business owners to improve or create strong social media campaigns.
The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses - May 2 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT Join Visa's Vice President of the Visa Business and Economic Insights team, Bruce Cundiff, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of consumer spending, housing prices, and more. You’ll learn how consumer spending preferences are changing, what stock market growth and volatility mean for consumer spending, and what all of this means for small businesses.
Managing Your Finances in the Cloud - May 2 at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT Did you ever wonder what advantages moving your company to the cloud could offer? Have you ever thought about making the switch but weren’t sure how or why? This session by Intuit will uncover many reasons why businesses are making the move and discuss some best practices in how to use this technology to keep your business relevant and nimble.
Grow Your Business in 2018 - May 2 at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT Join this webinar by Square to learn how to use small business technology tools to streamline your work and give you back valuable time.
Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Financing - May 2 at 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT Choosing the right source of financing for your business’ growth is more complicated today than it used to be – and because of all the different options available, it requires a more savvy borrower than ever before. Join this webinar by OnDeck to learn which financing options are right for different types of businesses and how likely you are to get approved.
Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints & Keep Your Customers - May 3 at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT In this webinar sponsored by Chase, Jay Baer, founder of Convince & Convert, reveals brand-new, proprietary research into why and where your customers complain and why the rise of customer complaints is actually an enormous opportunity.
Sharing Your Story Through Video - May 3 at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT Today’s consumers can watch video content whenever and wherever they want. This creates an opportunity for businesses to reimagine the role of video content in their marketing strategy. Join this webinar by Google to learn best practices for connecting with consumers through online video.
Pop & Play: How Opening a Pop-Up Shop Can Help Launch Your Retail Brand - May 3 at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT What do Amazon, Chobani, Hermes and a taco truck have in common? All four recognize the magic of the pop-up shop. In this webinar by Kimco Realty, find out how a pop-up can help you bring your brand to life, create a one-of-a-kind customer experience and tell your brand’s unique story to a built-in audience.
Fusion Marketing: The Next Generation of Marketing - May 3 at 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT Award-winning inventor, entrepreneur and author Lon Safko examines this new concept of “interconnecting” your traditional and digital tools. You will look at your marketing efforts in a completely new way. In this webinar, you will learn how to get exponential results without spending a dime more.
Don't forget to stay tuned next week to meet some small business owners who are doing their thing -- and kicking some serious butt along the way.
Before you go
Do you know a small-business owner who you think deserves a little recognition for their accomplishment this year? Maybe you? Give a shout-out here!
I'm a web writer and social media specialist with more than 20 years in online publishing - a good chunk of which has been spent writing about business, entrepreneurship, and the scrappy innovators who took a chance and totally went for it. I've also been a small-business owner, publishing a popular local website geared toward kids and families (I'm a mom of two myself). I love stories about people who have found a way to play to their strengths and maybe uncover a few new ones in an effort to make a contribution and a difference.