National Small Business Week 2022: How to get involved
National Small Business Week 2022: How to get involved

Every year for 50 years, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW). The goal is to focus on the contributions that American entrepreneurs and small business owners make to our economy, our culture, and the broader business community. Events across the country will mark the week, including awards ceremonies and virtual events. Read on to learn more about NSBW and how you can get involved.

When is National Small Business Week?

This year, NSBW is May 1-7, 2022. The theme is “Building a better America through entrepreneurship”. The events will highlight how American entrepreneurs are rebuilding the US economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of small businesses to be the foundation of a healthy economy.

During the week, the SBA and sponsoring partner GOAL will highlight the tools and information that entrepreneurs and small business owners need to continue to rebuild America’s economy by strengthening supply chains and providing the products and services that Americans need.

Small businesses will find several aspects of NSBW useful, including:

  • Access to federal resources
  • Educational workshops
  • Networking

How can small businesses get involved?

If you’re a small business owner or a small business lover, there are several ways you can participate in National Small Business Week to show your support.

First, you can attend the virtual Small Business Week events (more info below). You can also attend local in-person events and pop-up events – check with your Local SBA for more information.

A great way to get involved with NSBW is to share your story via social media or email. You can find social media resources at Small Business Trends, including Instagram images to promote NSBW and your business. To embed your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook posts into a larger conversation, use the following hashtags:

  • #Small Business Week
  • #NSBW
  • #National Small Business Week

NSBW is a great time to thank your supporters as an entrepreneur or small business owner. If you have the time, you can organize an event at your company or write thank you cards to your best supporters. It’s also easy to create a thank you video to post on your social media accounts or send to your contacts via email.

You can also support a local small business of your choice, whether or not that business is yours. Encourage your friends and family to pay special attention to small businesses during NSBW and brag about your favorites in social media or online reviews.

Small Business Week Virtual Events

A number of Small Business Week events will take place, with a particular focus on virtual events due to the ongoing pandemic. The SBA will host a four-day series of events May 2-5, including a virtual National Small Business Week Summit, educational sessions and awards shows. You can attend a webinar to learn more about growing your small business, network with other small business owners, and find resources for your business. Other events will be announced as they develop.

SBA National Small Business Week Awards

Each year during NSBW, the SBA awards the best small businesses in the United States with the National Small Business Week Awards. The awards recognize the achievements of small businesses in their communities and the US economy. Winners are recognized in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Guam, with one winner from each of these areas selected for Small Business Person of the Year. Each of these winners will compete for the National Small Business of the Year Award, which is the SBA’s highest honor.

Other categories include:

  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Disaster Recovery Awards:
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Civil Servant
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Supply Prices:
    • Senior Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year
    • Small Business Contractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • SBA Resource Partner Awards:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Center of Excellence and Innovation Award
    • Women in Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veteran Affairs Outreach Center of the Year
  • Small Investment Firm of the Year

Although nominations close as of January 11, 2022, awards will be presented at the NSBW Awards Ceremony, usually on the last day of the week.

How Nav supports small businesses

At Nav, we love NSBW. Nav’s core mission is to increase small business life and help you succeed. Whether you want to grow your business or maintain your current success, Nav has products and services to help you stay financially afloat.

We aim to be the best financial health platform for small businesses, enabling small business owners and entrepreneurs to access financial resources such as loans, lines of credit and credit cards. We use smart data to give you personalized recommendations to improve your chances of being approved for financing options and credit cards.

Use Nav to help you find the right loan or financing for your business, for example:

And much more. You can also apply for Nav’s Small Business Grant, which is essentially free money for your business.

We also help you monitor your business credit through credit reports and help you find ways to improve your credit rating.

Tell us how you plan to celebrate National Small Business Week 2022.

For more information, please visit sba.gov.

This article was originally written on March 25, 2022.

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