What is Small Business Week?  

The majority of businesses in the U.S., are small businesses.

These unsung heroes come from across all industries. From construction contractors, family-run restaurants, marketing firms and too many others to name, small businesses can be found in virtually every segment. They are making a big impact on our economy.

Small businesses serve as the grease that helps to keep America's economy running smoothly. Many larger companies depend on these businesses to support their daily operations, turning to them for specialized technical services, such as building equipment and machinery to help them grow, as well as the consulting and administrative services needed to keep things running smoothly.

Small Business Week pays tribute to the contributions that small and medium-sized business make to the U.S. economy.

Small but mighty​

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

The purpose  

Small Business Week Southwestern Illinois, 2019, which runs May 5-11, pays tribute to the contributions that small business makes to the U.S. economy. Its focus is on:

  • Uniting our area’s tireless, hard-working entrepreneurs under one tent to inspire and nourish the entrepreneurial spirit that powers our economy—all through a full week of programming and events specifically tailored to their unique business needs.
  • Rallying the entire Southwestern Illinois together to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes of our small business community through the Small Business Awards. Together, we celebrate their achievements in exponential growth, innovation, social entrepreneurship, and company culture.

For the fifth straight year, Small Business Week Southwestern Illinois, SBWSWIL.org - the single-largest touch point for all events and activities relating to Small Business Week in Southwestern Illinois. Think of this website as an easy-to-access hub where everything – and anything – that has to do with Small Business Week is available, making it easier for the business community to connect with the activity they want to check out.