RALEIGH – As we enjoy the spring, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to celebrate your local Small Businesses.  National Small Business Week is May 5 - May 11, 2019 #DreamSmallBiz. 

“Small Business Week is our opportunity to highlight the impact of small business owners in our community,” said HCC Small Business Center Director, Katy Gould. “It is our opportunity to highlight the contributions made to our local economy, sense of place and small business climate.”

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.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create approximately 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.

In celebration of National Small Business Week, the HCC Small Business Center has partnered with area organizations to bring a wealth of free small business training opportunities to our community. 2019 Small Business Week events will include:

Tuesday, May 7th, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Jump Start Series, How to Write a Business Plan, at the  Haywood County Public Library, Canton, NC

Wednesday, May 8th, 12-1 p.m.– Drive Business Results with Google Ads, Google Live Stream at the Lake Junaluska Bethea Welcome Center, co-sponsored by the Haywood Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, May 9th, 5-8 p.m.– WordPress for Small Business, Build Your Small Business Website at Haywood Community College

Additional event information and registration is available via SBC.Haywood.edu.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of new jobs since 1995.

National Small Business Week is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to join us in celebrating these businesses and use the power of your dollar to support them and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

To register for upcoming Small Business Week events or for more information, visit the Haywood Community College Small Business Center, SBC.Haywood.edu or call (828)627.4512.

The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assisted in starting more than 880 businesses in 2015-2016.  Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year including helping to create and retain over 2,895 jobs in 2015-2016.