This is National Small Business Week.  To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that there was such a thing!  But when I learned of it by chance yesterday, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation instituting National Small Business Week, making 2013 the fiftieth anniversary.  The week is to honor the nation’s entrepreneurs, and each year a National Small Business Person , selected from a group of 54 State Small Business Persons (from the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam), is honored by the Small Business Administration in a variety of co-hosted events.

During the week, the Small Business Administration also hosts a number of events and workshops throughout the country providing hands-on assistance and mentorship to small business owners.  This year, these events are being held in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC., with content streamed live on the National Small Business Week website.

As the General Manager for two small businesses, it is gratifying to see this type of recognition given to entrepreneurs and small businesses.  I hope you will join me in congratulating not only the State and National winner of the award, but also all of the small business owners throughout the country and the world.