Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy, and this week the Small Business Administration (SBA) is paying homage to business owners across the country as part of National Small Business Week 2012.


A three-day National Small Business Week conference commenced yesterday in Washington, D.C. Conference events include a business matchmaking event that will allow small business owners to meet and discuss contracting opportunities with major corporations, contractors and federal agencies.


Conference attendees can also take advantage of several educational workshops covering topics from social media to government contracting and global exporting to getting products on the shelves of major retail outlets.


On May 23, SBA Administrator Karen Mills will host a Google+ hangout with Diana Ransom, contributing editor of, and the winners of the National Small Business Week video contest. The live chat begins at 3 p.m. EDT on the official White House Google+ page.


For more information on National Small Business Week and what the Small Business Administration can do to help you, visit the SBA website.


Happy National Small Business Week
The Small Business Administration is celebrating the nation's small businesses.