Small business week is upon us. Every year since 1963, the president has proclaimed the National Small Business Week a time to recognize entrepreneurs and small-business owners for their contributions to the economy, government and innovation in general.
The week should be important to everyone — more than half of Americans own or work for a small business. Moreover, small businesses create about two out of every three new private sector jobs in the U.S.
Cities across the country are hosting workshops, focusing on hands-on assistance, matchmaking and mentoring for small-business owners. In the District of Columbia, workshops commence June 21 and the week’s festivities will close with the announcement of a 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year from each state and U.S. territory.
The General Services Administration is following suit, recognizing the ways small businesses move government forward. In a recent blog post, Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of GSA’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, discussed how small businesses drive innovation.
Small businesses play a crucial role in helping government keep pace with rapidly changing IT needs and requirements. In the last year alone, small businesses have helped government consolidate inefficient and costly legacy systems, implement cloud technology into agency IT infrastructures, and provided continuous monitoring for cybersecurity and access to novel IT hardware and software, Davie wrote.
The Office of Integrated Technology Services supports small businesses by facilitating access to the federal marketplace, providing training on how a startup can build its federal business and encouraging GSA’s large businesses to partner on and subcontract opportunities.
Join the celebration by tuning into the event live stream at sba.gov/smallbusinessweek, signing into a daily Google Plus Hangout with experts and sharing your own small-business experiences via the hashtag #SBW2013.