Poster for National Small Business WeekNational Small Business Week 2018 kicked off on Sunday and continues the rest of the week. It features an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where national award winners, including this year’s national Small Business Person of the Year, will be recognized.

“We have said it many times before, but it bears repeating: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” said Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., president and CEO of NJBIA. “From the small pizzeria down the street to the small-town manufacturer competing in the global economy, New Jersey can be proud of its small businesses and the contributions they make to our economy and our quality of life.”

National Small Business Week is an annual event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions. Every day they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness, according to an SBA press release.

This year National Small Business Week will feature national events planned in Washington, D.C, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina along with a three-day virtual conference.

The Washington, D.C. award ceremonies and workshops on digital commerce and social media will be livestreamed at  In addition, there will be a free Virtual Conference May 1– May 3 between 12:30 and 6:30 p.m.  The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without traveling.  Virtual Conference viewers will be able to watch educational webinars, get free business advice and network with fellow business owners.