National Entrepreneurship Week

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National Entrepreneurship Week

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It’s National Entrepreneurship Week….

As part of National Entrepreneurship Week (February 20-24), SBA will be sharing tips and tricks geared towards young entrepreneurs. If you’re thinking about starting or growing a business, check out the following resources:

National Entrepreneurship Week Build a Business Plan

Business plans are essential in helping entrepreneurs prepare, manage and direct their businesses, however, creating a plan can be intimidating and time consuming. Use SBA’s Business Plan Tool to help you get started.

National Entrepreneurship Week Mentorship

Entrepreneurs and startups are more likely to succeed with the help of a mentor. That may not come as a surprise – a mentor brings with him or her a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight that you won’t find anywhere else. Find a mentor through SBA’s network of resource partners.

National Entrepreneurship Week Starting a Business Online Course

SBA’s online course geared towards young entrepreneurs includes the basics of creating and financing a successful business. You will learn how to evaluate your ideas, choose the best financing options and legally register your business. Launch the course today.

National Entrepreneurship Week Crowdfunding Online Course

Increasingly, crowdfunding is becoming a popular way for people to get startup financing for their businesses. It works through a collective cooperation of people who network and pool their money and resources together, usually online, to support efforts initiated by others. Launch SBA’s course for an overview of crowdfunding.

6 Ways to Use Entrepreneurship Week to Grow Your Business

National Entrepreneurship Week (link is external) takes place this year from February 20-24. Microsoft is the major sponsor and organizer of the weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship. But other community supporters like Wix, Yelp, Square and LinkedIn are also helping to make the event happen.

So what exactly is National Entrepreneurship Week? It’s a weeklong celebration that offers a series of local events along with information and resources all aimed at helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Because there are so many different events and opportunities throughout the week, there are many different ways you can use National Entrepreneurship Week to benefit your small business. Here are some tips for getting the most benefit for your small business.

  1. Find organizations that are providing information for entrepreneurship week, and check out their information
  2. Find companies observing entrepreneurship week with special offers for products and services
  3. Attend a workshop during entrepreneurship week in your local area
  4. Use it as a hook in your own business to make an offer
  5. Share with your team, especially management, resources you discover through entrepreneurship week events
  6. Use the hashtag for this week #wininbiz to develop your own special promotion

Read the complete SBA Blog here.


Region One Staffing Changes


Image of Acting RA Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson, District Director of the Massachusetts District Office has been named Acting Regional Administrator for New England. He is responsible for oversight of SBA’s programs and services in the states of Connecticut, Maine Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


Image of Maine DD Amy Bassett

Congratulations to Amy Bassett who was recently named as District Director for the Maine District Office. Ms. Bassett has worked for the SBA for 26 years in the New Hampshire District Office and most recently served as the deputy district director.

Ms. Bassett, a native of New Hampshire, began her career with the New Hampshire District Office of the SBA in 1990 and held various positions during that time including deputy district director and lender relations specialist.  She succeeds Marilyn Geroux who retired on January 3rd after more than 47 years of dedicated service all with the Maine district office.



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