RALEIGH, N.C. – The Small Business Center (SBC) at Craven Community College will join the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) in celebrating National Small Business Week April 29-May 5, 2018.
“We are excited to celebrate and showcase our local small businesses during this national event,” said Deborah Kania, director of the Small Business Center (SBC) at Craven Community College (Craven CC). “Our small businesses play a vital role in Craven County’s economic and community development,”
The SBC at Craven CC will be celebrating small business and educating current and future business owners on key success factors by way of the experiences of local businesses and SBC participants. Representatives from Tidewater Appliance, Jimmy Johns and PB’s Italian Ice will present seminars from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 30, Tuesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 3, respectively. The events are free and open to the public. Registration available at www.CravenCC.edu/sbc.
The mission of the SBCN is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assisted in starting more than 700 businesses in 2016-2017. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year including helping to create and retain over 3,800 jobs in 2016-2017.
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Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create approximately two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they are working to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation and increase America’s global competitiveness.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of new jobs since 1995.
National Small Business Week is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to join us in celebrating these businesses and use the power of your dollar to support them and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.