What You Can Learn During Small Business Week 2014

No one ever said it was going to be easy. The late nights. The early mornings. The lean months. They’re all part of the great entrepreneur rollercoaster that millions of small business owners face every day. “As any small business owner knows, entrepreneurship can be rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, terrifying twists and turns,” says SUCCESS Publisher Darren Hardy. “But they wouldn’t have it any other way. I believe we’re living in the greatest era of opportunity for entrepreneurs and National Small Business Week is a great example of that.”

During this National Small Business Week 2014, Twitter, U.S. Postal Service, PayPal, Visa, Marriott and others have joined the U.S. Small Business Administration, a government-led entity dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed, to celebrate with a series of nationwide events. The SBA events will take place in four cities across the United States and feature online streamed events. 

National Small Business Week 2014 Lineup

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Marriott and Visa present “Small Business Travel: Strategic Ways to Increase Your Return on Travel.” USA Today columnist Rhonda Abrams teamed with Marriott and Visa to create the Smart Small Business Travel Program with advice and tips on how to travel efficiently. Live online at 4-5 p.m. (Eastern) May 12.

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U.S. Postal Service presents “Growing Your Business with Direct Mail” with discussion and tools that USPS provides to small business owners. Live online at 6-7 p.m. (Eastern) May 12. 

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Colonial Life presents “Small Business: Big Benefits” on selecting benefits packages for employees and how “voluntary benefits” can strengthen existing packages with little or no cost. Live online at 4-5 p.m. (Eastern) May 13.

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Conduit Mobile presents “Small Biz Success in a Mobile World.” They’ll discuss ways small business owners can promote their businesses in the mobile age and highlight mobile app features such as push notifications, coupons, loyalty cards and reservations as benefits of technology. Live online at 9 -10 a.m. (Eastern) May 14. 

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PayPal presents “How Can Technology and Collaboration Drive More Sales for Small Businesses?” They’ll discuss best practices for mobile sales that’ll help small businesses streamline their operations. Live online at 2-3 p.m. (Eastern) May 14. 

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Manta presents “Achieving Big Customer Loyalty in a Small Business World" with 10 tips to create a great customer loyalty program. Live online at 3-4 p.m. (Eastern) May 14. 

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YP presents “Practical Marketing: A Five-Step Marketing Program for Small Biz” with insight on how to get the most of your marketing time. Live online at 3-4 p.m. (Eastern) May 15.

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You can follow SBA on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation with the official hashtag: #SBW2014.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for SUCCESS.com. Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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