Release Date: May 3, 2016
Contact: Terry Sutherland (202) 205-6919
Release Number: 16-44
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National Small Business Week 2016 in Full Swing
Cosponsors make the week possible

WASHINGTON – On Sunday and Monday the U.S. Small Administration kicked off National Small Business Week 2016 in the nation’s capital by having SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet recognize and award the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions.

The theme this year is “Dream Big, Start Small.” Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York, Denver, Phoenix, Oakland and San Jose, Calif. Events throughout the week will be live-streamed on SBA’s website at
Make sure to check in during the event for live social media engagement, using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz.

Every year, National Small Business Week is made possible thanks in part to the support of cosponsors. Our presenting sponsor this year is Chase for Business along with our Gold, Silver Bronze and Supporting level sponsors who provide the resources to make this recognition week possible.

The below companies have joined forces with SBA to help celebrate National Small Business Week 2016:

Presenting Sponsor
Chase for Business

Lead Sponsor

Gold Level Sponsor

Silver Level Sponsors
Colonial Life
Sam’s Club

Bronze Level Sponsors
Lockheed Martin
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL)

Supporting Sponsors
America’s SBDC (ASBDC)
Angel Capital Association
Association of Women’s Business Centers
ASTM International
California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity
Cartridge World
Code for America
Constant Contact
Delta Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc.
Duke Energy
Google Inc
Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Hawkins Law Offices, LLC
International Council for Small Business (ICSB)
iStart Valley Inc
Junior Achievement
National Association of Development Companies
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
National Cyber Security Alliance
National League of Cities
National Small Business Association
National Urban League Washington Bureau (NULWB)|
National Women Business Owners Corporation
National Women’s Business Council
Pacific Community Ventures
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Small Business Investor Alliance
Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC)
Small Business Majority
The UPS Store
U.S. Black Chambers, INC. (USBC)
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2016 SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA/SCORE programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: sends e-mail). SCORE is partially funded by SBA Cooperative Agreement No. SBAHQ-14-S-0001.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.