Advice & Highlights From 2013 National Small Business Week

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

This year’s event was held in Seattle, Washington, D. C., Dallas, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. Hopefully, entrepreneurs and business owners were able to attend, but for those who were unable to make it, we’ve collected 10 business advice and motivational highlights from the 2013 National Small Business Week for our readers:

  1. “SBA is no longer the federal government’s best kept secret.”- SBA Administrator Karen Mills
  2. “Technology helps level the playing field for entrepreneurs.”- SBA Administrator Karen Mills
  3. Advice to entrepreneurs from Co-Founder of Square and Twitter Jack Dorsey – “Always ask the question why.”
  4. “If you don’t have a business mentor, go get one for free at”- SBA Administrator Karen Mills
  5. “The 3 P’s of entrepreneurship are people, passion and perseverance.” – Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution Co-Founder, America Online Chairman, The Case Foundation.
  6. “If you get a compliant about your business, go grab a cup of coffee. Think about a thoughtful response before replying.”- Angie Hicks, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Angie’s List
  7. “Cash flow is king to helping small businesses succeed.”- Dave Rader, Wells Fargo, SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program Lender of the Year
  8. “We need to make sure America stays a magnet for manufacturing, and small business plays a big part in that.”- SBA Administrator Karen Mills
  9. “You don’t have to look far to see the hard work of small business owners, they stand with their companies through every challenge and success.”- Lee Rhodes, Founder, glassbaby
  10. “When federal contracts get into the hands of small businesses, it is a win-win for the federal government, small businesses, the economy and the job market.” – SBA Administrator Karen Mills.