National Small Business Week is back beginning this Sunday, April 30 – Saturday, May 6, and this year we’re taking a road trip!
As part of our ongoing relationship with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), we’re bringing you a week’s worth of hands-on workshops, livestreams, events, webinars and more – all designed to help your small business succeed and grow.
In addition to the week’s activities, remember to join in on the conversation by following #WINinBIZ and #SmallBusinessWeek. You can also check out Aka.ms/NSBW for new content and additional resources.
The Week’s Activities:
Sunday, April 30
- SBA Livestream – Social Media Tips Panel
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Watch live as a panel of small business experts, including Microsoft’s Melanie Gass and representatives from Facebook and Constant Contact discuss their top tips and tricks for using social media to build customer loyalty and grow brand awareness.
Monday, May 1
- SBA Livestream – National Small Business Week Kick Off in DC
11:30 am – 2:00 pm ET
Watch the official National Small Business Week kickoff event live from Washington, DC. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will also be announcing the National Small Business Person of the year. If you’re attending in-person, Microsoft Store small business experts will be onsite to help answer your burning tech questions.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Maria Groeschel, General Manager, Worldwide Marketing-Cloud Services, Microsoft, and Anita Campbell, CEO and Founder, Small Business Trends, will be hosting a tweet chat focused on transforming business in the cloud. Participate and follow the conversation using the #MSBizTips and #WINinBiz hashtags.
- SBA Livestream – Keynote with Vice President Mike Pence
3:00 pm ET
Tune into this livestream to hear U.S. Vice President Mike Pence address National Small Business Week participants at: www.SBA.gov/NSBW.
Tuesday, May 2
11:30 am – 12:00 pm ET
Join SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and Facebook’s VP and Chief Privacy Officer for Policy Erin Egan for a fireside chat about how to start and grow a business.
- SBA Tweet chat – Moderated by SCORE Mentors
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET
Participate in a Tweet chat hosted by the SBA and moderated by SCORE Mentors, the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. Join in and follow the conversation using the #smallbusinessweek and #WINinBIZ hashtags.
Wednesday, May 3
- SBA Livestream – National Small Business Week Road Tour Kicks Off in Indianapolis
11:30 am – 1:30 pm ET
The National Small Business Week road tour makes its first stop in Indianapolis. If you’re attending in-person, Microsoft Store small business experts will be onsite to help answer your burning tech questions.
Thursday, May 4
- SBA Livestream – National Small Business Week Road Tour Stops in Dallas
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am – 1:30 pm CT
The National Small Business Week road tour makes its second stop to the Lone Star State to honor the small business community. If you’re attending in-person, Microsoft Store small business experts will be onsite to help answer your burning tech questions.
1:00 pm -1:45 pm ET / 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm CT
Whether your small business already owns a server or not, this 45-minute webcast will provide you with a good working knowledge about how a modern network server can benefit your business. Learn tips from the pros, including how to protect your business data from disaster and maximize your IT investment. Register now to see how a network server can benefit your business.
1:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm CT
Join this live chat with JJ Ramberg, host of msnbc’s “Your Business,” and founder of GoodShop, to hear her advice for how to start and grow a business and ways to stay on top of the technologies that are changing businesses. Register here.
Friday, May 5
- SBA Livestream – National Small Business Week Road Tour Ends in Fresno, CA
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET / 9:00 am – 10:30 am PT
The National Small Business Week road tour makes its final stop in California’s largest Central Valley city, Fresno.
- Microsoft Store Workshops
In addition to answering your tech questions, Microsoft Store locations around the country will be offering exclusive workshops throughout the week to help you become a LinkedIn master. Featured workshops include:
- LinkedIn: Grow Your Network for Business Workshop
In this 45-minute workshop, you’ll learn how to create a compelling profile and connect with new opportunities for your business. Workshop includes a free professional profile photo.
- Build Your Business Pipeline with LinkedIn Sales Navigator
Discover how social selling drives business success in this 90-minute workshop. Designed and built with sales professionals in mind, LinkedIn Sales Navigator harnesses the power of LinkedIn, combined with unique sales features, to take selling to the next level.
If you’re a student or an aspiring business owner, we also have workshops specifically geared toward your needs, including:
- LinkedIn: Rock Your Profile for Students
Students will learn how to create compelling LinkedIn profiles. The workshop also includes a free professional profile photo.
- Build Your Own Business Workshop
This workshop is an extension of Microsoft Store’s year-round YouthSpark program, and teaches students to get a jump start on a business plan.
Microsoft Store will also be hosting a variety of special networking events to celebrate National Small Business Week, including a viewing of the Small Business Festival in select stores (learn more and find your local viewing station here). Come out and meet our staff, network with other small business owners in your community and learn how we can help you grow your business. Visit microsoft.com/smallbusinessweek to find your local store and register for events today.
We look forward to celebrating the millions of small business owners, like you, who are doing incredible work around the country. To learn more about Microsoft’s participation in National Small Business Week celebrations, visit Aka.ms/NSBW.