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May is National Small Business Month! Read on for all of the events taking place that are geared toward helping entrepreneurs. — Getty Images/monkeybusinessimages

Small businesses in the U.S. support local communities and generate jobs. Indeed, for over 50 years, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW). Many organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, extend the celebration throughout the month of May. Bookmark this page and stop back frequently to see the latest events occurring during Small Business Month.

Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship

May 2-5, 2022

Join this free, four-day virtual summit from May 2-5, 2022, hosted by the SBA and its sponsoring partner SCORE. The central theme is building a better America through entrepreneurship. During the event, the SBA will announce the Small Business Week awards winners and acknowledge SBA partners that support small businesses.

Take advantage of tools and information, such as educational workshops, access to federal resources, and networking events. In addition, check out educational sessions and recognitions occurring in the SBA’s 10 regions and 68 district offices. Learn more and register on SBA’s National Small Business Week page.

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Small Business Week Summit

May 2-5, 2022

Join TriNet, a human resources service provider, for its first annual Small Business Week Summit from May 2 through May 5. This free virtual event covers various topics, from digital onboarding to employee compensation to borrowing strategies and lending options. Along with TriNet executives, the event will feature guest speakers such as David Turetsky, vice president of consulting, Salary.com, and Von Boyenger, the Senior Deputy Labor Commissioner for the State of California. Register now for free access to every session.

Women Mean Business: Go Big — Make More Money Now

May 3, 2022

Discover your genius and learn how to build revenue streams by participating in a virtual workshop hosted by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. On May 3, Vaneese Johnson, certified executive coach, author, and small business consultant, will give an online presentation. Sign up here.

Networking and Pitching With Excellence

May 3, 2022

Explore ways to build your professional network and write an elevator pitch during the Networking and Pitching With Excellence event. Deonna Barnett, CEO and managing consultant of Aventi Enterprises, will share her tips for setting your business up to compete for contracts. The virtual event is on May 3, 2022, at 6:00 pm ET, and you can register through Eventbrite.

Small Business in the Post-Pandemic World

May 4, 2022

Join Biz2Credit and CPA.com, a subsidiary of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), for an online panel discussion with U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) and U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA). The seminar will review the highlights of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and talk about potential federal government initiatives to expand access to capital and assist small businesses. Biz2Credit will also unveil the details of its "Best Small Business Cities Report." The virtual event is on Wednesday, May 4, at 11 am EDT. Sign-up through Biz2Credit’s online registration form.

CO— Small Business Update: Economy and Policy Outlook

May 5, 2022

Small businesses are operating in dynamic times, finding opportunities for growth in the post-pandemic era. Even amid inflation, workforce challenges, and supply chain backlogs, new businesses are forming at record pace, and existing businesses are finding fresh ways to thrive.

Now more than ever, business owners must follow economic trends and understand government movements to stay ahead of the curve. CO— aims to help business owners navigate these complicated trends and understand the policies from Washington.

On Thursday, May 5, at 12:00pm ET, CO—’s Small Business Update: Economy and Policy Outlook will take a look at the latest news from Washington and what it means for your business. Jeanette Mulvey and Neil Bradley are back with a full breakdown of the trends and shifts in the current business environment. Come ready to ask your questions to the speakers.

What you can expect from the session:

  • Gain insights into the latest trends and policies impacting small businesses.

  • Get ideas for tapping into various resources and programs that are available to help you.

  • Hear strategies for succeeding in this business environment—whether you just started up, or have been in business for a while.

Click here to register!

Turn Nextdoor Neighbors Into Customers

May 5, 2022

Does your business page on Nextdoor need an update? Sign up for the Turn Nextdoor Neighbors Into Customers webinar to get fresh ideas for leveraging the Nextdoor platform for business. This free webinar starts on May 5 at 11:00 am PT (2:00 pm ET).

Demystifying Taxes for Sole Proprietors and Single Member LLC

May 5, 2022

Learn the basics of self-employment taxes and how to avoid penalties during a one-hour webinar hosted by America's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). Lili, a mobile banking solution for independent contractors and freelancers, will lead the session, and everyone will receive a copy of its "Small Business / Freelancers Handbook." The session starts on Thursday, May 5, at 3 pm EDT. Register here for an access link to the webinar.

Free Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship Workshop for Startups

May 5 and 24, 2022

If you’re thinking about starting and owning a business, check out the free Small Business Development Workshop. It’ll provide details about small business advantages and challenges, including the types of legal entities, business plans, and understanding of funding and capital. Allison Sanka, founder of Journey Financial Wellness and a financial well-being coach at the nonprofit Operation HOPE, will lead the workshop. Sign up at Eventbrite to attend a session on May 5 or May 24.

Webinars sponsored by GTCC Small Business Center

Dates from May 4 to 25, 2022

Learn the fundamentals of business ownership with online courses hosted and sponsored by the Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) Small Business Center and co-sponsored by Greensboro and High Point public libraries. Chisa Pennix-Brown, CEO of Lady Bizness, leads the sessions, and you can sign up through Eventbrite.

The following online sessions take place in May:

  • How to start a business.
  • Marketing your business.
  • Financing your small business.
  • Basics of bookkeeping.
  • How to write a business plan.

Spring 2022 Small Business Innovation Conference

May 5, 2022

Consider this online conference if you’re interested in life science and medical device innovation and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. It’s put on by the University of Tennessee, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health. During the event, you’ll have a chance to learn from early-stage investors and connect with technology program experts. The free Small Business Innovation Conference occurs on May 5, and you can register here.

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CO— Start. Run. Grow: Reaching Customers with Digital Video

May 19, 2022

Join us Thursday, May 19, at 12:00 pm ET for the fourth episode of CO— Start. Run. Grow: Reaching Customers with Digital Video. In this hourlong program designed specifically for small business owners, you will learn from your peers and hear from entrepreneurs and experts who have mastered the art of creating digital videos and using them to market a business.  

What you can expect from this session:

  • Learn how to choose the best content and platforms for your digital videos.
  • Discover concrete steps for building an effective digital marketing strategy.
  • Hear advice from successful entrepreneurs on how they harnessed the power of online video to grow their businesses.

Click here to register!

NYC Business Solutions online webinars

Dates throughout April-May 2022

Learn how to build a business plan and create strategies to reach your goals. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) provides free courses open to business owners. View a complete listing and register for an event at Eventbrite.

The online webinars go throughout the months of April and May and include:

  • First step to starting a business.
  • Creating a business idea that works.
  • Food retail: getting better results.
  • Social media marketing.
  • Building your own business website.
  • Small Business Finances.
  • Small business partnerships.
  • Creating content your customers value.
  • Avoiding common legal risks.

CO— aims to bring you inspiration from leading respected experts. However, before making any business decision, you should consult a professional who can advise you based on your individual situation.

Follow us on Instagram for more expert tips & business owners’ stories.

To stay on top of all the news impacting your small business, go here for all of our latest small business news and updates.

CO—is committed to helping you start, run and grow your small business. Learn more about the benefits of small business membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, here.

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Published April 04, 2022