The North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to celebrate your local Small Businesses during National Small Business Week May 5 – 11, 2019, #DreamSmallBiz.
“The success of small business is very important to Forsyth Tech,” says Allan Younger, director of the Small Business Center, Forsyth Tech. “We have a variety of activities planned during National Small Business Week that will reinforce our commitment. In addition to National Small Business Week, we are positioned to support small businesses all year long.”
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.
“Every entrepreneur who ever started a small business, including many of our graduates, have had the courage to make their dream a reality,” said Janet N. Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech. “We continue to encourage and support entrepreneurs through our Small Business Center especially during National Small Business Week.”
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners 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.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of new jobs since 1995.
“One of the highlighted events during the week is the Fifth Annual Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) Mixer.” Younger said. “This multi-organization collaboration will be held on May 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27107. The event purpose is to increase connections between MWBE businesses with general contractors and City of Winston Salem departments.”
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 700 businesses in 2016-2017. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year including helping to create and retain over 3,800 jobs in 2016-2017.