Small Business Festival Offers More Than 80 Free Events Across 14 States This National Small Business Week! May 1-5, 2017

Contact: Matthew Pollard
Executive Director, Small Business Festival
(512) 993-5033



For Immediate Release

April 18, 2017


Small Business Festival Offers More Than 80 Free Events Across 14 States This National Small Business Week!

May 1-5, 2017


The event schedule has been announced for the second annual Small Business Festival powered, by many city governments, local partners, and our major sponsor, Capital One Spark Business. Inc. Magazine calls this a Top 5 Must-Attend Conference.


The event, which has been featured by Fortune and coincides with National Small Business Week, was created to inspire and educate entrepreneurs and small business owners through keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops on topics crucial to help small businesses grow big.


Small Business Festival (SBF) includes three days of paid Premier Events at the 800 Congress Space in downtown Austin and five days of free Community Events across numerous U.S. states including Texas, California, New York, Florida, Oklahoma, Las Vegas, North Carolina, and many more.


Almost 200 expert speakers across the nation will lead topics including practical tips for starting or growing your small business, financing, sales, marketing, social media, public relations, staff recruiting and leadership strategies, networking training, freelancing and the “gig economy,” and legal and economic trends. Topics will be tailored to help entrepreneurs in the early stages of their businesses, as well as established entities. Interactive workshops, coaching, pitch competitions and networking events will engage event attendees, providing individualized takeaways.


SBF is all about providing ticket holders unparalleled direct access to world-leading experts and business minds, as well as providing a networking opportunity to rub shoulders with other motivated small business owners.


SBF is also dedicated to making all content freely accessible. On top of offering over 80 events free to the nation, with the help of live stream sponsor Microsoft, SBF will also be offering its premium content globally to anyone with an internet enabled device through, and in Austin TX, where it all began, on Austin Public’s community channel 10.


SBF will also be working with community partners to provide many live stream viewing locations globally, so small businesses can get out of their isolation to learn some necessary business skills as well as get introduced to a community of likeminded small business owners.


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Why Small Business Festival?


“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and deserve to be supported and celebrated for the risks they take and the millions they employ.”

~Matthew Pollard, Executive Director of Small Business Festival.


The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that small businesses collectively make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms, 63 percent of net new private-sector jobs, 48 percent of private-sector employment, and 42 percent of private-sector payroll.



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