National Small Business Week is Coming!

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National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week slated for third week in September

SBA to Honor Small Businesses via National Virtual Event and Local Awards and Training Events across the Great Lakes Region


NORTHERN OHIO – For nearly 60 years, the SBA has held National Small Business Week to honor outstanding entrepreneurs and shine a spotlight on the nation’s small businesses, which now total more than 30 million. In 2020, National Small Business Week has gone virtual and will take place the third week in September. U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza will highlight it via a national Recovery, Adaptation and Innovation virtual conference Sept. 22 to 24 with an emphasis on how small businesses have pivoted and retooled in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  “I am thrilled to host SBA’s virtual National Small Business Week ceremony and provide this opportunity to recognize inspiring entrepreneurs from across the country for their innovation, and in many cases this year, resilience,” said SBA Administrator Carranza. “This year, we will spotlight America’s outstanding small businesses and their stories of perseverance and their ability to pivot and overcome adversity. This event will also feature many educational forums that will inspire entrepreneurs around the country as they recover and sustain their operations.”

National Small Business Week, typically held in May with in-person award ceremonies in Washigton, D.C., is a tribute to the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran-, women- and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. Along with recognizing the national award winners, including 2020’s National Small Business Person of the Year, this year’s national virtual event will feature business expert presentations, mentoring, and online networking designed to help the nation’s entrepreneurs retool, pivot and recover toward a stronger economy.  “America’s small business owners exemplify the epitomy of persistence every day and have done so more than ever throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. It is only fitting that during this time, SBA’s National Small Business Week celebrates their contributions to our nation and we reinforce our endless commitment to empowering those who help create jobs and drive America’s economy,” said SBA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott.

In recognition of National Small Business Week, SBA’s Cleveland District has recognized its 2020 northern Ohio winners.  The local winners include:

  • Northern Ohio Small Business Person of the Year:Michael Grossman, Castle Aviation in North Canton
  • Exporter of the Year: Jerry Kirila, Kirila Fire Training Facilities in Fowler
  • Women’s Business Center of the Year: Nicole Liatos, Womens’ Business Center of Northern Ohio, Cleveland
  • Small Business Development Center of the Year: Bill Wersell, SBDC at the Toledo Regional Chamber, Toledo
  • Young Entrepreneurs of the Year: Brad Clemens and Chad Coley, Horizon ATA, Westlake
  • Minority Owned Small Business of the Year: Eric Ho, LBM, Lakewood
  • Rookie of the Year Award: Maeson E. Green, MBG Restoring, Austintown

“We are proud to present Small Business Week Awards to these deserving entrepreneurs and champions of the small business community,” said Gil Goldberg, Cleveland District Director.  “Because of their efforts and acumen, our economy has grown.  They have created jobs, and continue to persevere through the pandemic. Congratulations and thanks to all the winners.”

National Small Business Week also will recognize small business advocates for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting and their support for small businesses and their owners. Awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, and Veterans Business Outreach Center.  For free registration to the virtual conference and additional information on National Small Business Week, visit and follow #SmallBusiness Week via social media.