National Small Business Week: Newsroom

Friday, June 14, 2013 – 2:48 pm

Good afternoon! The week of June 17-21 is National Small Business Week! In honor of this week, we’ve included online seminars, workshops and tips on how to bring your business success!

National Small Business Week!

“Hang Out” with SBA and Industry Experts During National Small Business Week

Google+ Hangouts will feature daily tips for small business owners from major tech leaders and social media companies.

WASHINGTON – As part of National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring an exciting lineup of social media companies, mentorship organizations and distinguished experts.

All Google+ Hangouts will start at 4 p.m. EDT and can be watched live at:

Small business owners can tweet questions for the panelists using the hashtag #SBW2013. No prior registration is required to watch.

Topics and panelists include:

Monday, June 17th: Getting Started with Social Media – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from Twitter, Google, Constant Contact, and W20 Group will hang out. Bill Murphy Jr., author and columnist for will moderate.

Tuesday, June 18th: Managing Your Business’s Online Reputation – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from Yelp, LinkedIn, OpenSky, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Google and Manta will hang out. Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media will moderate.

Wednesday, June 19: How a Mentor Can Help Your Business – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Development Centers, and Women’s Business Centers will hang out. Fran Tarkenton, NFL legend and entrepreneur will moderate.

Thursday, June 20: How to Get a Business Loan – 4 p.m. EDT
Panelists from Wells Fargo, SCORE, SBA’s Office of Capital Access, and SBA loan recipient Ninkasi Brewing Company will hang out. Calvin Goings, SBA’s Region 10 Administrator, will moderate.

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SBA’s Business Recovery Center

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center has partnered with several organizations at the Small Business Administration’s Business Recovery Center to provide victims of recent Oklahoma tornadoes with assistance for their businesses. Counselors at OKSBDC are here to ensure that you and your business remain strong and recover from this devastation, as well as gain the knowledge needed to be prepared for future disasters!

The Business Recovery Center is open Mondays-Fridays, 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm until further notice. No appointment is necessary!

Moore Norman Technology Center
South Penn Campus
Business Development Center Bldg.
13301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73170 Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

Reasons to Invest in a Preparedness Plan

  • Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen.
  • Customers expect delivery of products and services on time. If there is a significant delay, customers may go to a competitor.
  • Insurance is only a partial solution. It does not cover all losses and it will not replace customers.

Click here to read more!

How Do Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Work?

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send free informational text messages to WEA-enabled cell phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event, or AMBER emergency.

For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts, visit, download the WEA Fact Sheet or view Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit to find more tips like these on how to make sure your business is prepared for the future!

Ready Business: Are You Ready?

Between 40 to 60% of all small businesses fail to recover in the aftermath of a major disaster. Every business should have a disaster emergency plan to ensure an efficient recovery. Is your business ready?
Click here to find out!

Emergency Preparedness

For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. The following resources can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan:

Disaster Assistance
Emergency Preparedness
Disaster Planning
Disaster Cleanup
Disaster Recovery Plan
State Government Information

Words of Wisdom

“It is critical that small businesses have a disaster preparedness plan in place to put them in a better position to deal with challenges that often come with no notice.”

-Karen G. Mills
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

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