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National Small Business Week is so important because it showcases small businesses across the nation and offers them resources and advice in addition to helping them grow their business into a success. This week isn’t only about educating small business owners but it is also about encouraging consumers to support the small businesses in this country. Currently, there are over 28 million of them, which make up two-thirds of the American workforce.


National Small Business Week ended last week in Washington D.C., and whether you were physically present for any of the events that occurred throughout the week in San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston, and Washington D.C., there were plenty of opportunities for small business owners across the nation to participate through webinars and webcasts. With the influx of valuable information you likely received from attending or participating as well as the new contacts you were able to network with, what is the next step to keeping all this information organized, readily available, and implemented?


Here are a few tips on what to do with the wealth of information you gathered from attending or participating in National Small Business Week (May 12-16)



Chances are you met a variety of contacts if you attended any of the events held for National Small Business Week, and even if you didn’t attend, you could have been involved in local promotions or campaigns. We suggest that you reach out to the contacts you made within the next few weeks. Add them on LinkedIn and send an email reintroducing yourself and explaining what you enjoyed about the events and why you enjoyed meeting that person.

You can also use LinkedIn or Twitter to reach out to the speakers like Gail Goodman and John Schnatter. This is a great way to build relationships with influential people. Start out by reading and commenting on the articles they publish and retweeting their informative and interesting tweets.  The contacts you met at the networking events are likely small business owners like you, so reach out and share valuable information you learned and brainstorm with them for ways this new relationship can be mutually beneficial.



The information you gathered by attending the events or participating in webinars is very valuable and you should definitely organize it in a simple way, so you can reference it whenever you need it. Whether you took notes or gather pamphlets and brochures, be sure to keep them handy.

The week following National Small Business Week is a week to go over all the information you gathered and decide what is important and what you already knew. The important information should be shared with your network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It will boost your social media presence and popularity and allow you engage small business owners and consumers alike.



Even if you missed some of the webinars, they are still available via the Small Business Administration website. If you did have the chance to view them, go back and take notes when you watch them the second time to add to your pile of information. They even have new videos and webinars scheduled on topics ranging from international trade to how to hire the right employees.

The webinars offered this past week were made with the purpose to help small businesses succeed and make their consumers happy. They ranged in subject from providing excellent customer service to getting customer insights and what to do with them. This is the time to put what you learned into actions and make your small business a better business!


Kabbage Team

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