Celebrate Small Business Week online and in the community!

By Norman Eng


Did you know that immigrants are found to have higher business ownership and formation rates than non-immigrants? A study from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy using data from the 2007 Survey of Business Owners found that roughly one out of 10 immigrant workers owns a business and 620 of 100,000 immigrants start a business each month.

Along with the celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the SBA is celebrating National Small Business Week by hosting special events at the local and state levels through the week of May 12 to 16.

First designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, National Small Business Week recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and society. These events will honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and champion small business.

This year, Boston has been chosen as one of three cities nationwide to host a day of special events — free and open to the public. Join us on May 15 at the Microsoft NERD Center, to kick-start your business idea or learn more about how to improve your existing business. There will be a business matchmaking session and workshops on topics such as: online marketing, avoiding costly business mistakes, accessing capital, and much more!

To learn more and register for May 15 events, visit: www.sba.gov/nsbw.

On May 13, SBA Massachusetts will honor local award winners for categories such as: Small Business of the Year, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Minority-Owned Business of the Year and Woman-Owned Business of the Year. This awards breakfast will be held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, Mass.

To attend the May 13 breakfast celebration, email raymond.milano@sba.gov.

Since the Commonwealth is home to many thriving AAPI-owned businesses, the SBA welcomes your participation in these special events!

This May, let’s celebrate AAPI and small business contributions together, online and in the community. If you cannot attend a Small Business Week event, we will also be hosting a number of seminars in the coming months, so please check the SBA events calendar at www.sba.gov/ma for more information.

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