National Small Business Week May 20 - 26

Check Out SBA's Small Business Video Contest

May 09, 2012 | Business

May 20-26 is National Small Business Week. The National Small Business Week Conference in Washington DC is hosted by the Small Business Administration. They have been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963 with awards in a variety of categories focusing on accomplishments, including disaster recovery, procurement and entrepreneurial success.

Check Out SBA's Small Business Video Contest
In celebration, the US Small Business Administration is looking for creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been assisted by an SBA program or service (counseling, training, guaranteed loans, government contracts, disaster recovery, etc.). The video contest will help showcase small businesses across the country that they work with on a regular basis. Deadline for submissions is May 11th!

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are the backbone of the US economy: 60 to 80 percent of new jobs are created by the approximately 27.2 million small businesses in the US. It's estimated that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. In honor of National Small Business Week, the Better Business Bureau is encouraging small business owners to take advantage of the many resources for small businesses from the BBB and the Federal Trade Commission.

Code of Business Practices

The BBB Code of Business Practices represents sound advertising, selling and customer service practices that enhance customer trust and confidence in business. Even for businesses that are not BBB Accredited, this Code should be a roadmap for creating and managing an ethical business.

Code of Advertising

100 years ago, BBB was founded on the principles of truth in advertising, which rests first and foremost with the advertiser. BBB's offices review local ads, and their New York office reviews all national ads. The BBB Code of Advertising lays out principles, definitions and suggestions for ethical advertising that all businesses can adopt.

Data Security – Made Simpler

With data breaches becoming all too common in the news, BBB partnered with several data security experts to produce free, easy-to-understand data security guidelines, with checklists and links to data security resources for small businesses. BBB Data Security – Made Simpler arms small business owners with the information they need to protect their customers and their business.

TrustBrief

The BBB TrustBrief is a free email subscription to help small business owners stay on top of headlines and get guidance and expert advice on running a business.

Tips on Direct Selling

BBB and the Direct Selling Education Foundation partnered to create a series of articles, videos and PSAs with free tips and advice to educate direct sellers, their customers and even those considering a career path in direct selling.

Federal Trade Commission

The FTC has free resources on best practices for complying with the law, many of which you can order in bulk for your employees at no charge. Written with a minimum of legalese, the FTC offers online tutorials, videos, and more than 100 to-the-point publications created with the small business owner in mind.

 

Other Small Business Contests
Many companies are honoring small businesses this month. Check out SmallBizTrends.com for a list of companies offering free stuff! Apply for a contest or award today – there are good business reasons to do so. First, you get recognition and publicity for your business – and that's just good marketing. On top of that, it's good for employees. You give your team something to excite them and to rally around. Finally, awards are good strategy – being nominated and winning can set your business apart from competitors.

Don't be shy - nominate your company... or a customer or client and show them you care about their success and want to honor them.