National Small Business Week May 1-7, 2016!

This year’s theme is “Dream Big, Start Small.” The SBA starts the week in the capital awarding outstanding small businesses in Washington, D.C. and hosting events throughout the United States. To view a complete list of the SBA’s Small Business Week events, please click here.

Upon announcing their record achievement in women-owned small business contracting last month, Erin E. Andrews, Assistant Administrator, Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the SBA stated, “We are thankful to NAWRB and all of the women’s organizations who have contributed greatly to the continued successes of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program since it was launched in FY2011.” In further acknowledgment of our work to raise awareness of the issues and resources for small businesses, NAWRB is listed as one of the few select organizations on the SBA website under “Women’s Entrepreneurship Partner Groups.”

Ninety-one percent of women-owned businesses have no employees other than the owner; through our mission to drive the success of women-owned firms, we are proud to partner with the SBA to bolster these enterprises and although they start small, we strive to help the achieve the dream to go big.

Join NAWRB as we champion our nation’s small businesses next week! On May 2, NAWRB Founder and CEO Desirée Patno will be speaking at Microsoft’s Center in Mission Viejo, CA about the resources we offer women business owners.

As well as listing us on their website, the SBA recently recognized NAWRB Founder and CEO Desirée Patno as the winner of the 2016 Women in Business Champion of the Year Award. Desirée was selected from a pool of competitive candidates for her leadership and efforts in addressing and raising awareness about women and women-owned businesses in the real estate industry. She will be recognized and receive her award at the local Small Business Week Awards program on Tuesday, May 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom in Anaheim, CA.

In recognition of our mission, initiatives and advocacy for women entrepreneurs, Microsoft is featuring NAWRB on May 4 as they celebrate women. Under the category “Women in Business – Real Estate” with millions of viewers on Microsoft’s website, our articles, videos and our newly launched NAWRB Women’s Global Resource Center (NWGRC) will be featured to help educate women-owned small businesses.

On May 5, NAWRB will be hosting a SheCall at 8:30 a.m. PST discussing SBA programs and resources featuring Economic Development Specialists Sylvia Gutierrez and Sheree Coates.

NAWRB, the SBA, Microsoft and more organizations will be championing small businesses from May 1 to May 7. Go to your favorite neighborhood shops, stores and restaurants and make an effort to patronize your local small businesses. Small businesses provide millions of jobs and are invaluable to our economy and country. Do your part in helping these businesses and remember to do so throughout the entire year.

National Small Business Week is dedicated to recognizing the achievements and contributions of American small business owners and entrepreneurs. Officially established by Presidential proclamation in 1963 and spearheaded by the Small Business Administration (SBA), Small Business Week is a time to appreciate the more than half of Americans who either work for or own a small business, creating two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

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