BEACON HILL – The Massachusetts State House will celebrate Small Business Week from May 21 to 25, coinciding with National Small Business Week. Plans include a week-long series of small business focused events to highlight the many contributions of the state’s small business community to the Massachusetts economy.
“By extending our discussion with local entrepreneurs and small businesses from the Statewide Listening Tour conducted in the fall, we can continue to gain further insight on how the legislature can properly assist our small businesses and promote economic growth in our communities,” said Sen. Sal DiDomenico, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development & Small Business, in a release about the upcoming events.
The highlight of the week-long celebration will be a Small Business Resource Fair. From designing a business plan to procuring state funding, learn how to bolster your entrepreneurial skills from a variety of resource providers on hand to share information on the many programs available to assist small businesses.
While Governor Deval Patrick has been invited to attend, Treasurer Steve Grossman, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo will also be on hand to discuss recent administrative and legislative efforts to improve the business climate in Massachusetts.
“State House Small Business Week will also provide us with a timely opportunity to highlight recent efforts to improve the business climate, as well as promote the many resources and programs available to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs across the state,” DiDomenico adds.
The event is free and open to the public, and is to be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 8AM to 11AM in the Great Hall at the State House.
Other events throughout the week are to include: visits by legislators to local small businesses in their home districts, a hearing on the Administration’s progress in implementing Small Business Impact Statement legislation, and the continuation of the Joint Committee’s Statewide Small Business Listening tour with a stop at UMASS Boston’s Venture Development Center and Small Business Development Center.
This year will mark the first known week-long State House celebration honoring the small business community here in the Commonwealth, coinciding with National Small Business Week. The annual celebration was started by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and President Barack Obama has once again designated this upcoming week in May as National Small Business Week.
For more information on events planned during State House Small Business Week, please call Senator DiDomenico’s office at (617) 722-1650. For updates on each of these planned events and to learn more about the work of the Committee, please visit our official Facebook page.