May 16 marks the beginning of National Small Business Week. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy, and President Obama signed the Small Business Week proclamation on May 12, 2011, to honor the 27 million small business owners and their employees across the nation.

The president points out how small businesses have helped foster the nation’s economic recovery in this official Small Business Week proclamation:

“Throughout our economic recovery, persevering small businesses have helped put our country back on track. Countless new and saved jobs have come from small businesses who took advantage of tax relief, access to capital, and other tools in the Recovery Act, the Small Business Jobs Act, and other initiatives launched by my Administration to put Americans back to work. To ensure the stability of our recovery, we must continue to provide new opportunities for small business owners and the next generation of entrepreneurs, who will help us out‑innovate our global competitors to win the future.”

Learn more about how the White House is supporting small business owners in this country by downloading the newly released report — The Small Business Agenda: Growing America’s Small Businesses to Win the Future (PDF).

If you’re a small business owner, check out one or all of the following live streaming educational forums offered later this week:

  • Growing Your Business While on the Go

  • Social Media: Get Your Business Connected

  • High-Growth, High-Impact Strategies

  • Exporting Tools for Success

Learn more about these forums by visiting the Small Business Administration (SBA) website.

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