About National Small Business Week
May 1-7, 2016
History – Every year 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. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others 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.
Local History – During 2015, in accordance with National Small Business Week, a few area business owners and professionals formed the Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois committee. SBW-Southwestern Illinois is an all-volunteer organization. This organization functions at three separate levels of volunteers, Board of Advisors, Committee Chairs, and Subcommittee Members. All staff functions, including legal, account and cash management, marketing, website, event management, etc., are performed by volunteers with no compensation.
Many people volunteer because they want to do something good to return to their community. Others do it because the visibility and networking opportunities are good for their businesses. We do try to reward volunteers by making their contributions very public.
Meeting Schedule for Small Business Week Committee
The SBW - Southwest Illinois Committee meets twice a month from January through April, usually on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month; meetings are held from 8:30 to 9:30AM at Chick-fil-A, 6203 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL 62208.