SCORE and SBA to Co-Host National Small Business Week Virtual Summit April 30-May 1

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WASHINGTON, April 16, 2024 ~ As the country continues to navigate through the challenges brought on by the pandemic, small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are being offered a valuable opportunity to gain practical insights and resources at the 2024 National Small Business Week Virtual Summit. The event, co-hosted by SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will take place from April 30 to May 1.

The two-day online summit will provide attendees with expert-led sessions, business planning resources, and networking opportunities – all free of charge. With a focus on actionable insights, professional advice from SCORE's expert mentors, and complimentary resources for business planning, this event aims to support small businesses in launching, growing, and thriving.

"We encourage entrepreneurs to take advantage of this free event and learn more about the resources available to help their small businesses," said SCORE CEO Bridget Weston. "National Small Business Week is a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to hear from industry experts, connect with other small business owners, and tap into expert advice from SCORE mentors."

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In addition to these benefits, attendees will also have access to a virtual exhibit hall where they can connect with various services and federal resources. This provides an excellent opportunity for networking with fellow business owners nationwide.

One of the highlights of the virtual summit will be the recognition of the 2024 National Small Business Week award winners. These winners, including small business owners from each state, will be honored for their excellence, innovation, and outstanding accomplishments on their journey towards entrepreneurial success.

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman expressed her pride in showcasing these award winners: "Our 2024 National Small Business Week award winners exemplify excellence, innovation, and commitment. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, more Americans than ever before are pursuing the American dream of business ownership."

Guzman also highlighted how women and people of color are leading this historic small business boom. "Entrepreneurs provide invaluable contributions to their communities, our national economy, and our democracy," she added. "We invite all of America to join us in celebrating our nation's small business owners."

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One such small business owner is Cynthia Amin, owner of Colesville Travel in Silver Spring, Md. Amin, who is also a client of SCORE, shared her excitement for attending this year's virtual summit: "This event promises to deliver a wealth of insights, strategies, and networking opportunities designed for small business owners like me. I'm particularly excited about attending workshops led by professionals and connecting with business owners who share my passion."

The National Small Business Week Virtual Summit is open and free for everyone, but registration is necessary to unlock its full benefits. Interested individuals can visit SCORE's website to view the full agenda and register for the event. With the support of SCORE and the SBA, this virtual summit aims to empower small businesses and entrepreneurs across America to achieve success in their ventures.
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