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National Small Business Week: May 16th-20th

Monday, May 16, 2011

Posted by Kristin Oberlander - More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is teaming up with the SBA for the 10th year in a row to sponsor National Small Business Week 2011.

For nearly fifty years, one week has been set aside annually in order to honor the contributions of the nation’s small business community. The NASE works with the SBA to help increase access to capital and lends our support to federal initiatives that have proven helpful to micro-business growth.

As in the tradition of presidents past, President Barack Obama had this to say in the annual proclamation of National Small Business Week:

“Small businesses embody the promise of America: that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard enough, you can succeed in our country. This week, we honor and celebrate the individuals whose inspiration and efforts keep America strong.”

"The economic importance of micro-businesses and the self-employed is worthy of acknowledgement every day,” said Robert Hughes, NASE president. “However, National Small Business Week offers a formal opportunity to join in recognizing the contribution of the largest business type in the nation – self-employed firms."

For information on Small Business Week, please visit


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