Media Invited to Attend National Small Business Week Events in Washington, D.C.

Live stream of Washington, D.C. Events June 20-21

Jun 17, 2013, 11:02 ET from U.S. Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

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WHAT:    Guest Speakers:

  • Jack Dorsey – Square and Twitter Co-founder
  • Fran Tarkenton – NFL Legend and Entrepreneur
  • Robert D. Hormats – Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and the Environment
  • Angie Hicks – Founder of Angie's List

Armchair discussions – Discussions between SBA Administrator Karen Mills and guest speakers.

Speed Mentoring Sessions – Small businesses will be partnered with experienced mentors to help start and grow their small businesses.

Business Matchmaking Sessions – Small businesses will have the opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with prime contractors and federal agencies to learn about specific contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

Phoenix Awards – Disaster recovery recognition.

Procurement Awards – Government contracting recognition.

Entrepreneurial and Lender Awards – Entrepreneurial development and SBA lending recognition.

State and National Small Business Awards – Business owners from 50 states plus Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Washington, D.C. will be recognized along with the announcement of the 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year.

Online Social Media Forum – Join the conversation, hosts will take questions on Twitter using hashtag #SBW2013.

WHEN:    Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  
Speed Mentoring

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Business Matchmaking

4 p.m. (online only)     Online Social Media Forum
How to Get a Business Loan– Google+ Hangout  

Panelists from Wells Fargo, SCORE, SBA's Office of Capital Access, and SBA loan recipient Ninkasi Brewing Company will hang out. Calvin Goings, SBA's Region 10 Administrator, will moderate.

7 p.m.
Armchair discussion with Jack Dorsey, Square and Twitter co-founder.

Friday, June 21, 2013 – Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Fran Tarkenton – featured speaker for the Phoenix and Procurement Awards breakfast awards ceremony.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Business Matchmaking

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
Affordable Care Act 101


State and National Small Business Person of the Year Awards

Robert D. Hormats – Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and the Environment (Guest speaker)

Armchair discussion with Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's  List

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.    
"Expanding Your Business Through Exporting"

7 p.m.
Entrepreneurial and Lender Awards Dinner

All events will take place at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

INTERVIEWS:  Media interviews with award winners, speakers and presenters can be arranged.

MEDIA ATTENDANCE:  Confirm by 4 pm, June 19, 2013.  Please provide name of organization, list of attendees, email and phone number along with any specific requests to:

Terry Sutherland, Director, Press Office (preferred correspondence)
202-205-6919 (Office)
202-557-6643 (BlackBerry)

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year's events will be held June 17-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow.  In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information.

The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

Small Business Week 2013 sponsors include: Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Microsoft, National Association of the Self Employed (NASE), Arlington Texas Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, ADP, Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network, Staples, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Visa, Women Impacting Public Policy, Lockheed Martin, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, Business Forward and Office Depot.

The U.S. Small Business Administration's participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor's, donor's, grantee's, contractor's or participant's opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.

Contact: Terry Sutherland (202) 205-6919
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