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Earlier this month, we celebrated National Small Business Week and honored small businesses and entrepreneurs for their hard work and contributions to our communities. This year’s theme was “Dream Big, Start Small,” and we worked to highlight the impact that small businesses have on job growth, innovation, and America’s global competitiveness.
Throughout the week, we held events focused on trade, lending for small businesses, veteran support, targeting millennial entrepreneurs, and an InnovateHER competition in which entrepreneurs pitched products and services for a chance to win a stake in $30,000 of prize money. We wrapped up the week with an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where national award winners were recognized and awarded for their achievements.
While many participants physically attended our events, we also gave participants the option to watch our events via live-stream and join in on the conversation. If you weren’t able to join us for live-streaming, here’s a recap of some of the events that took place:
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First, congratulations to Gary K. Mart, the Florida SBDC’s 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida.
I think it is important to note, all of our nominees should be celebrated for their success in Southwest Florida. Small business essentially is what keeps our 5-county area employed, revenue generating, and we are all so good at what we do, people keep moving their businesses and families here because they want to join us in our SW Florida paradise, we all call home – I think most people can tell by what we all do so well, we love where we live, work, and of course play.
Congratulations to our finalists!
Congratulations to the 2015 William O. Webb $1,000 Award
To all of our nominees, we would like to recognize and thank you all for participating this year.
Lastly, we would like to close with thanks to our sponsors, guest speaker, & emcee. Our event sponsors, speakers, and other supporters, make this celebration of small business and entrepreneurship possible.