Washington, September 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The United States Small Business Administration National Small Business Week 2021 the celebrations will officially begin next week with a virtual three-day summit. Administrator of the SBA Isabella Casillas Guzman will launch the national event on Monday, September 13, reaching nearly 30,000 registered participants during the educational, training and networking event.
This year’s free event will highlight the resilience of U.S. entrepreneurs and the revival of the small business economy as they better recover from the economic crisis brought on by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. National Small Business Week events will continue through September 15, inviting small businesses to participate in educational webinars, presentations and conversations with Administrator Guzman and leaders from other federal agencies and industries.
President Joe Biden, in his proclamation declaring September 12-18 National Small Business Week, said, “American entrepreneurship is a defining quality of our nation that has repeatedly elevated us to new heights and enabled us to rise to our greatest challenges. Small businesses are not only the engines of our economic progress, they are the heart and soul of our communities. During National Small Business Week, we celebrate our nation’s small businesses – the backbone of their neighborhoods.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck last year, it posed a historic challenge for small businesses in America. From coast to coast to coast, in big cities, small towns, rural enclaves and tribal communities, small business owners and workers have shown remarkable courage and resilience, s’ adapting to sudden changes in our way of life and putting themselves at the service of their communities. Small businesses across the country have reached out to their neighbors during the darkest hours of the pandemic, while entrepreneurs and employees have worked tirelessly around the clock to keep their businesses afloat, carry out payroll and ensure the safety of their teams and their customers.
“To ensure these community pillars have a chance to reopen and stay open, my administration is providing the loans and support that more than 30 million innovative small businesses and startups across our nation need. The US bailout has provided billions of dollars in economic aid to millions of small businesses, including programs for hard-hit industries, such as restaurants and theaters. We have revamped the Paycheck Protection Program to reach our smallest businesses, with over 95% of the nearly $ 300 billion in loans made during my administration supporting small businesses with less than 20 employees, reaching a higher share of businesses in rural areas and low or moderate. -income communities than in the previous two cycles of the program. Through our Restaurant Revitalization Fund, we’ve provided a vital lifeline to more than 100,000 businesses across the country, providing $ 28.6 billion in direct support. Last week, my administration began accepting applications for an enhanced COVID-19 economic disaster loan program, which will devote more than $ 150 billion in funding to work offering long-term, low-rate loans. interest that small businesses can use to retain workers, raise rent, and pay off more expensive debts. In the American Rescue Plan, we created the Community Navigator Pilot program to create a network of trusted organizations, local governments, and community champions to help underserved small businesses navigate resources at all stages of their life. growth.
“My administration is also committed to supporting small businesses that have faced historic hurdles in rural and urban America, including businesses owned by veterans, women and people of color – especially black businesses,” Latin American and Asian. These entrepreneurs continue to face persistent barriers to the capital, markets and networks they need to start and grow their businesses, and many were excluded from first aid early in the pandemic.
“To help ensure that small businesses in every community benefit from the Build Back Better program’s historic investments in our infrastructure, we are strengthening our contracting programs for underserved small businesses. As part of this effort, I announced a government-wide goal to increase federal contracting with disadvantaged small businesses by 50%, translating into an additional $ 100 billion over 5 years. By ensuring that the most disadvantaged small businesses can compete and win federal contracts, we can boost job opportunities and economic prosperity in every corner of America. “
President proclamation ends with “NOW THEREFORE I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of authority conferred on me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, proclaim hereby from September 12 to 18 as National Small Business Week. I call on all Americans to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the U.S. economy, continue to support them, and honor the opportunity with programs and activities that showcase these important businesses. “
This year National Small Business Week Virtual Conference will offer free educational webinars, free business advice and an opportunity to network with other business owners. Registration is required; those interested in the conference can register here.
About the United States Small Business Administration
The US Small Business Administration is making the American dream of becoming a business owner a reality. As the only resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow or grow their businesses, or grow their businesses. recover from a declared situation. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
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