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Expert Panelists to Join Small Business Week Google+ Hangouts


“Hang Out” Live Online with SBA and Industry Experts During National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON – During National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the U.S. Small Business Administration has invited expert panelists to join Google+ Hangouts.  These live, online hang out sessions are open to everyone.

You can view the sessions through multiple SBA resources:

All sessions will take place at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT.

Questions will be taken during the event on Google+ and Twitter using the hashtag #SBW2013 .

Monday, June 17 – Tips on getting started with social media as a small business owner

The Hangout features:

Ria Tobaccowala, Google+, Marketing
Christine Tseng, Twitter, Head of SMB Marketing
Erica Ayotte, Constant Contact, Sr. Manager Social Media Marketing
Aaron Strout, W20 Group, Managing Director

Moderator: Bill Murphy, Jr., Author and Columnist, Inc.com

Tuesday, June 18 – How to manage your business’s online reputation

The Hangout features:

Soo Young Kim, Google, Head for Marketing for Get Your Business Online Initiative
Darnell Holloway, Yelp, Business Outreach
Lana Khavinson, LinkedIn, Senior Product Marketing Manager
John Caplan, OpenSky, Founder and CEO
Chad Buechler, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp, Director of Product
Kristy Campbell, Manta.com, VP of Marketing

Moderator: Rieva Lesonsky, Blogger and CEO, GrowBiz Media

Wednesday, June 19 – The benefits of having a business mentor

The Hangout features:

Carol Lopucki, Michigan Small Business Technology & Development Center, Director
Michael Chodos, SBA Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development
Amanda Schultz, Montana Women’s Business Center, Director
Invited: AARP

Moderator: Fran Tarkenton, NFL Legend, Entrepreneur, and host of 'The Fran Tarkenton Show' on Sirius XM

Thursday, June 20  – Tips on getting a loan to start or grow a business

The Hangout features:

Dave Rader, Wells Fargo, SBA Business Lending Executive
Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company, CEO (SBA loan recipient)
Bernard Bossom, SCORE, Counselor
Jeanne Hulit, SBA, Associate Administrator for Capital Access

Moderator: Calvin Goings, SBA, Region 10 Administrator

To join the hangout and for updates to participate in upcoming hangouts, visits SBA’s Google+ page at: http://www.google.com/+sbagov

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year’s event will be held June 17-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and training for small businesses to start, succeed and grow.  In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4 p.m. ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

Small Business Week 2013 sponsors include: Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Microsoft, National Association of the Self Employed (NASE), Arlington Texas Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, ADP, Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network, Staples, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Visa, Women Impacting Public Policy, Lockheed Martin, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, Business Forward and Office Depot.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance, by contacting smallbusinessweek@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.

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