On, Saturday, September 19th, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed September 20 through September 26, 2020, as National Small Business Week. “During National Small Business Week, we celebrate the resolve and ingenuity of American businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers. America’s small businesses are at the very core of our Nation’s identity and prosperity, and this week we pay tribute to these patriots for their contributions to our Nation’s economy and culture.
“This year, as we collectively recover from an unprecedented pandemic, my Administration remains intensely focused on helping every American enterprise remain viable, recover, and once again, thrive at historic levels. Our Nation’s more than 30 million small businesses, which employ nearly half the private-sector workforce and create two-thirds of all net new jobs, are the key to propelling our economy to the prosperity levels America has enjoyed over the past 3 years. That is why, as part of our extraordinary, whole-of-government economic response to the coronavirus, we have placed the small business sector front and center. We have delivered nearly three quarters of a trillion dollars in timely, economic relief to distressed small business entrepreneurs and their employees throughout the country, including $525 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, $190 billion in COVID‑19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), $20 billion in EIDL Advance grants, and additional healthcare funding.”
On Monday, September 21st, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued her own kick-off message ahead of the National Small Business Week Virtual Convention which takes place Tuesday, September 22nd through Thursday, September 24th.
“We recognize the resilience and ingenuity of all the small business owners who adapted their business model during the pandemic to serve their communities and keep hardworking Americans on payroll.”