National Small Business Week Guide

June 19, 2013

At Host Merchant Services we know that while Fortune 500 companies may get the national spotlight and most of the media attention, small businesses are what really powers our communities and helps grow our nation. A recent stat showed that two out of every three new jobs created in the US is generated by small business. That is why since 1963 the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business week. This year the event runs from June 17-21 and has events spanning from coast to coast to highlight the contributions of hard working entrepreneurs.

The official cities for this year’s event are Seattle (June 17), Dallas (June 18), St. Louis (June 19), Pittsburgh (June 20), and Washington, D.C. (June 21). If you are lucky enough to live in or near one of these cities it is worth your time to check out the on-site conferences. These will feature experienced speakers providing knowledge and advice to running a successful small business. There are also networking opportunities with other like-minded business owners in the area.

If you cannot make it to one of these sites in person, Google is hosting a series of online events that will cover essential business skills for keeping up with the competition in today’s competitive environment. The topics that will be covered are Getting Started with Social Media, Managing your Business’s Online Reputation, How a Mentor Can Help Your Business, and How to Get a Loan for Your Business. This wide range of topics can help anyone from just getting started to seasoned professional.

In addition to the official sites and the online events there are gatherings planned in almost all 50 states. A full list of events as well as an event map can be found on the SBA website. Business owners should also check out their site at http://www.sba.gov/ for tips and advice on starting, running, and growing your business.

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In addition to these important skills for starting and managing a business it is important for every small business to be able to accept payments from their customers for whatever good or service they are providing. Host Merchant Services can help guide owners through the world of merchant services and payment processing in a consultative manner. Whether a fledgling company just getting moving or an established business with years of experience under your belt, we can help get you setup and processing payments on your way to expansion and growth.

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