24 Apr, 2015, 04:12 ET
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, will join PBS Veterans Initiative Senior Director Ron Pierce, representatives from Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Wikipedia and SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) in New York City on May 7 to launch "The Community Challenge," an initiative to seek cities where local officials and PBS affiliates collaborate to expand and publicize resources for small businesses owned by veterans and military spouses.
PBS, OVBD and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families will share video content which PBS will use to produce a film highlighting successful veteran-owned small businesses that have benefited from SBA resources and programs on multi-media channels (web platforms, television, print).
The communities will be featured during National Veterans Small Business Week in November, 2015. Community Challenge efforts may include local businesses encouraging larger corporations choose veteran-owned small businesses in their supply chains, outreach to and commitments from community lenders to support veteran access to capital, and public recognition and support of local veteran-owned small businesses.
This event is one of several to be held during National Small Business Week. This year's theme is "Dream Big, Start Small."
Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation designating the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 4-8 with events planned in Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, D.C.
Events throughout the week will be live-streamed on SBA's website at www.sba.gov. Make sure to check in during the event for live social media engagement, using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz. For more information on the national events please visit: www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.
Small Business Week 2015 sponsors include: Chase, Microsoft, Colonial Life, Office Depot, yp, ADP, Visa, PayPal, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Facebook, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, CT Corporation, Sam's Club, Como, Indeed, Manta, Marriott, Raytheon.
Cosponsorship Authorization # SBW 2015. 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: [email protected]. SCORE is partially funded by SBA Cooperative Agreement No. SBAHQ-14-S-0001.
Contact: Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987
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