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4 Ways to Celebrate National Small Business Week

For over 50 years, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized and celebrated the contributions of American entrepreneurs and small business owners during National Small Business Week (NSBW). More than half of all Americans either work for or own a small business, and small businesses are responsible for creating two-thirds of all new jobs. That’s a huge impact on the U.S. economy that deserves recognition. If you’re an entrepreneur, take advantage of NSBW by celebrating your success and learning how to grow your company. Keep reading to find out four ways to participate this year.

1. Attend a virtual conference

This year, SCORE and the SBA are hosting a two-day, virtual conference. It’s completely free and takes place on May 7 and 8, 2019. You’ll be able to learn about online marketing, controlling your cash flow, how to prepare for a disaster, and more from industry experts. You’ll also have the chance to speak with SCORE mentors and network with other entrepreneurs, all without the travel expenses or hassle.

2. Join a Twitter chat

Twitter chats are a great way to connect with other entrepreneurs and learn from industry leaders. On any given day, you can probably find an ongoing Twitter chat about any topic you’re interested in. On Friday, May 10 at 12 PM EST, the SBA will be hosting a chat about starting and growing your small business. You can join the conversation by heading over to Twitter and using the hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek. Follow Workful on Twitter.

3. Say “Thank You!”

Your customers play a big role in helping your company succeed. During NSBW, take time to say, “Thank you.” If you can, share your appreciation face-to-face. If that’s not feasible, consider sending cards or emails, making phone calls, or posting on your social media profiles.

4. Partner with other small businesses

There is strength in numbers, so consider partnering with another small business who attracts a similar demographic as yours. One way you can work with other companies is by offering exclusive discounts. When someone shops with you during National Small Business Week, give them a coupon or discount code for the business you’ve partnered with. When a customer shops at the other business first, they’ll get an exclusive discount for your store. Both companies will have a chance to reach new consumers.