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“For centuries, America’s progress has been driven by pioneers who think big, take risks, and work hard.  Where their ideas take root, we find inventions that can change the way we live.  And when their businesses take off, they fuel an engine of economic growth and job creation that moves America forward.  During National Small Business Week, we celebrate the generations of entrepreneurs who have given their all to realize a dream, and we renew our promise to help their businesses grow, hire, and succeed.”

Barack Obama
President of the United States

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Dear Supporters of America’s Small Business Community:

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  As you might know, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Thank you for helping find and nominate candidates for the most prestigious annual small business awards in America.

Warm regards,
Karen G. Mills
Administrator

All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week Small Business Week.  Leading up to National Small Business Week 2014 (SBW 2014), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), often in conjunction with public- and private-sector small business supporters, will host special events at the local and state levels to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and champion small business. Many of the award winners from those local and state events will be invited to Washington, D.C. for SBW ‘14 — Celebrating National Small Business Week.

For more information contact:
Patricia L. Guttmann
Economic Development Specialist
HUBZone Liaison~Marketing and Outreach
Small Business Administration
1222 Spruce Street, Room 10.103
St. Louis, MO 63103-2831
(314) 539-6600, Ext. 255
Fax (314) 539-3785
patricia.guttmann@sba.gov