The White House to Celebrate Small Business Week
Thursday, May 3, 2012
week of May 20, 2012, our nation's small business owners will come together
online and in Washington, D.C. for National Small Business Week. Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the
event includes educational forums, networking sessions and an awards ceremony
recognizing the impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small
business owners in 2012. The free educational forums this year cover topics
like small business exporting, social media tips and best practices and how to
win federal government contracts.
part of the celebration, SBA has also launched the National Small Business Week Video Contest
giving small business owners and entrepreneurs an opportunity to share their
success stories and help to inspire others.
winning videos will be featured during National Small Business Week and shown
during a Google+ Hangout hosted by SBA Administrator Karen Mills and the White
House on May 23. Qualifying videos that don't win will be showcased on SBA's YouTube page.
The deadline for video submissions is May 11.
Start Doing: Register for National Small Business Week and enter the National Small Business Week Video Contest.
Nearly 300,000 Summer Jobs and Other Employment Opportunities for
Secretary Solis joined Mayor Nutter at
Philadelphia's City Hall to announce that the Administration has secured
additional commitments from 95 companies and non-profits, three cities, two
federal agencies and the White House to provide 110,000 new summer jobs and
other employment opportunities for low-income and disconnected youth this year
as part of the Summer Jobs+ initiative for a total of nearly 300,000
opportunities. Employment opportunities include 90,000 paid jobs and thousands
of mentorships, internships and other training opportunities.
Administration will also launch the Summer Jobs+ Bank, a new online search tool to
help connect young people to jobs, internships and other employment
opportunities this summer and year round.
Start Doing: Make a commitment to youth this Summer by participating in the Summer Jobs+ Initiative.
President Obama Continues Fighting for Students and Future
Obama continued to call on Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from
doubling. Last week, the President visited colleges in Iowa, Colorado, and North Carolina, where he continued to call on
Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling. He also made an
appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he
said that now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young
Congress does not act before July 1st, interest rates on student
loans will double for 7.4 million students. The President knows that
for each year Congress allows the rate to double, the average student with
these loans will rack up an additional $1,000 in debt, having a devastating impact
on future business leaders and small business owners. That's unacceptable.
Keeping these rates low is not only good for students -- it's good for the economy.
Start Doing: Raise your voice and reach out to your
networks if you agree that student loan rates should not double on July 1. On
Twitter and Google+, use the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate. Learn more about the President's
stay up to date on the Administration's most recent business initiatives and
other economic news, please visit the White House issues page or the Economy blog. Also, be sure to check out the Champions of Change blog, which features
stories about innovators and entrepreneurs who are working to spark economic
growth and create jobs across the country.
White House Business Highlights: