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Seattle National Small Business Week Event to Feature Workshops on Starting and Growing a Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Seattle-area entrepreneurs will get tips on how to use technology to stay competitive, useful international trade strategies, and best practices from successful local business leaders on June 17 at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week event.

The informational sessions and workshops will be held at the Microsoft Campus, Building 37 in Redmond, WA. 

Later that morning, SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Cindy Bates, vice president of the U.S. Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMB) organization at Microsoft Corp. and Joe Koreis, president and CEO of Clarus Fluid Intelligence, LLC will discuss how technology can help businesses break into private and public sector supply chains. 

During the day, breakout sessions on women’s business ownership, tribal business resources and speed mentoring sessions will be held.   A workshop on global entrepreneurship will feature experts from the Export/Import bank.  Tips on cyber-security will be shared during one session, and supply chain diversity will be discussed at another workshop.

A discussion on the “Seattle Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” will be led by local business leaders and moderated by a representative from the local SCORE chapter.  A social media workshop is also on the schedule.

The June 17th Seattle-area National Small Business Week event will be live streamed at www.sba.gov. The live streaming of all National Small Business Week events is provided by Microsoft.

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 16-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings 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, Dunn & 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 sbw@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.

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