April 21-25 the SBA celebrated National Small Business Week with a series of events capped by a trip to the White House. Award winners from each state joined SBA sponsors, staff, and supporters along with the DC Area business community for this spectacular week of events celebrating small business.
Of the many awards presented during the week, Shawn Boyer of Glen Allen, Virginia's SnagAJob.com walked away with the top award of Small Business Person of the Year. Award winners were treated to the sites of DC including the White House event with President Bush as well as a reception in the Dirksen Senate Office Building where they were joined by a number of Senators who have shown strong support for the small business community.
The week also included forums at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the pressing small business topics of healthcare, energy, government procurement, and global business. Current and former government leaders such as Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Secretary Michael Leavitt, and Ambassador Susan Schwab headlined the event along side Tyson's very own Shiv Krishnan of Indus and Tien Wong of Opus8. (Pictured Above)
The events moved to New York on Thursday and concluded with the honorary closing bell of the NASDAQ. This event caps the tenure of SBA Administrator Steven Preston as he will soon join the Presidents Cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.