SBA News: Join Us and Partners to Celebrate 2022 National Small Business Week

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Join the Nation in Celebrating Small Businesses

For more than 50 years, the SBA has celebrated National Small Business Week, recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year is one unlike the half-century that has come before.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create nearly two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of NSBW, the SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others who support entrepreneurship from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories.

Join the SBA during the NSBW Virtual Summit, May 2-5, where we will recognize small business state winners, including one from Minnesota!

And together with our partners, we will be celebrate with special events here in Minnesota too. Check out what's happening below and join us to celebrate National Small Business Week!

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Congratulations to All of SBA's Minnesota Small Business Week Winners

Congratulations to our eleven Minnesota-based Small Business Week Winners! small businesses and small business champions.

These 11 were chosen for their success in starting or helping small business in Minnesota and for their efforts to give back to the community. Each business also received SBA assistance, directly or from SBA’s resource partners, in the form of guaranteed loans, business training and consultation, and more.

Small Business Person of the Year
Kristen Denzer, Tierra Encantada, Minneapolis

Encore Entrepreneur of the Year
Darrold & Martha Glanville, Sunrise Flour Mill, North Branch

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
Ingebretsen’s Nordic Market Place, Minneapolis

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
Soyoko International Inc., Gary

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year    
Minnesota Department of Administration, Office of Equity in Procurement

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center
Minnesota Northwest Regional SBDC Service Center, Bemidji

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Christina Nebel-Dickerson, Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
Busy Baby LLC, Oronoco

Women-Owned Small Business of the Year
Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center, Minneapolis

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Ian Roback, Clear Water Nitrate Reduction, Austin

Women’s Business Center of Excellence of the Year
WomenVenture, Minneapolis

Local SBA Training During NSBW

The SBA's Minnesota District Office also is hosting a free training webinars during NSBW highlighting how SBA helps entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

  • Resources for Small Businesses (with PTAC)
    May 2, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Steps to Starting a Small Business 
    May 2, 10 a.m.; Register
  • SBA Federal Certification - 8(a) Business Development Program Info (with PTAC)
    May 3, 9 a.m.; Register
  • SBA Federal Certification - Intro to the HUBZone Program (with PTAC)
    May 4, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Pasos simples para iniciar un negocio en Minnesota
    May 5, 9 a.m.; Register
  • SBA Federal Certification - Women-owned focused (with PTAC)
    May 5; 9 a.m.; Register
  • Veteran's Certification (with PTAC)
    May 6; 9 a.m.; Register
  • Veteran's Brief
    May 6, 10 a.m.; Register

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SBA Resource Partner Trainings During NSBW

  • HR Basics: When Growing from Start-up to 20+ Employees (SCORE)
    May 3; Learn More
  • Selling A Business (SCORE)
    May 4; Learn More
  • Start with Brand: Messaging & Identity (SCORE)
    May 4; Learn More
  • Non-Traditional Financing Options Training (WomenVenture and more)
    May 4, In person in Woodbury; To request details and register, email
  • Insurance Options for Small Businesses (SCORE)
    May 5; Learn More
  • Export Training from the US Commercial Service
    May 3, Mexico & Brazil: Medical Device and Diagnostic Market Opps
    May 4, Healthcare Tech Market Snapshot: Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa
    May 5, Port Infrastructure to support World Trade and Global Supply Chain 
    Learn More

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