Since 1963, the SBA has set aside one week to honor the accomplishments of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, innovators and small business advocates at annual events across the nation that attract thousands. This year, the national celebrations will be held in four major venues: San Francisco, May 12; Kansas City, May 13; Boston, May 15; and Washington, D.C., May 15-16.
The U.S. Chamber has partnered with the SBA as a Platinum sponsor for the week. In addition, we are proud to be hosting the Washington, D.C. event at U.S. Chamber headquarters on Thursday, May 15. The event at the Chamber will feature SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, and Papa John's Founder John Schnatter.
While we look forward to this week's events, the Chamber celebrates small business success every day. The U.S. Chamber recognizes that it is the efforts of small business that has made this country the success that it is today. And when small businesses thrive, jobs are created and the economy flourishes for everyone's benefit.
Why is our nation's small business such a powerful story of success? It's because small business owners believe in themselves and their dreams--and then--roll their sleeves up and risk it all to make it happen. What is even more remarkable: they succeed in spite of the headwinds of strong competitors, lack of capital or other obstacles. Not only do they believe in themselves, they inspire others to share their vision and passion.
Leadership for a small business owner doesn't end when they lock the door to their business. They also generously give their time, resources and expertise to make their community a better place to live.
While the Chamber understands the importance of celebrating small business success, we devote most of our energy during the year in defending and protecting an economic system that allows businesses the opportunity to succeed. And when they do succeed, there needs to be rewards commensurate with the risk and energy they invested. These are the principles small businesses live by and is embodied in two words--Free Enterprise.
On June 11-13, the Chamber will have another celebration of small business, our 10th annual America's Small Business Summit. We invite everyone to celebrate small business this week, in June at our summit, and every day. We know how much our nation depends on small business and will work every day on their behalf.