President Obama Proclaims National Small Business Week Highlights Small Business Growth and Job Creation

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WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010 – Calling small business the backbone of the nation’s economy, President Barack Obama stressed his Administration’s commitment “to helping small businesses drive our economy toward recovery and long-term growth” in his proclamation of the week of May 23-29 as National Small Business Week.  The event honors the nation’s most outstanding entrepreneurs, and features the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year for 2010 from among the 53 state small business winners, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. President Obama will meet with Small Business Week award winners at the White House Tuesday [May 25]. “My Administration is committed to helping small businesses drive our economy toward recovery and long-term growth.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has supported billions of dollars in loans and Federal contracts for small businesses across the country.  The Affordable Care Act makes it easier for small business owners to provide health insurance to their employees, and gives entrepreneurs the security they need to innovate and take risks.  We have also enacted new tax cuts and tax credits for small firms.  Still, we must do more to empower these companies.” The full text of the President’s National Small Business Week proclamation can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-small-business-week .

The small business award winner for the state of Pennsylvania is Kevin Michael Stecko, president of 80sTees.com, Inc., located  in Mount Pleasant.

A keynote address by SBA Administrator Karen Mills highlighted this morning’s agenda followed by Mills hosting a Town Hall Meeting entitled Small Business: Driving America’s Economy. Also featured are a series of executive panel forums on Innovation, Exporting and Social Media.  The public can “attend” Small Business Week events virtually, via the SBA’s streaming video  on the Web at http://www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com/.

NOTE:  A complete list of all award winners also is available on the National Small Business Week Web site at http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com and click on Winners.

(Source: Small Business Administration)

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