By Cathy Martine, AT&T EVP-Small Business Solutions & Alternate Channels
Thousands of small business owners and their supporters recently descended upon Washington, D.C., for the 48th annual U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week to honor and recognize the contributions and achievements made by outstanding entrepreneurs. This year’s theme of empowering entrepreneurs couldn’t be more appropriate, as I had the good fortune to be there and witness government agencies, thought leaders and enterprises come together to offer support and provide small companies with the resources, tools and technologies they need to work better, faster, smarter and more efficiently.
Here at AT&T, we are dedicated to supporting the needs of small businesses and we participated in many events throughout the week to demonstrate that support. From our sponsorship and collaboration with SCORE for the “Growing Your Business While on the Go” workshop, to providing insights during the Exporting Forum, we had the chance to engage with small business owners and hear first-hand how technology is enabling these companies to thrive.
On the heels of the pre-event workshop, I had the honor and privilege of delivering remarks at the event’s Library of Congress Opening Reception alongside SBA Administrator Karen Mills and President and CEO of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern, a mentor of mine. As part of my remarks, I highlighted an announcement we made earlier that day regarding AT&T’s sponsorship of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s September training conference. In support of President Obama’s initiatives to help women-owned businesses continue to prosper and grow, we are thrilled to provide assistance and training to representatives from the nationwide network of more than 100 Women’s Business Centers, which are focused on counseling some 160,000 socially and economically disadvantaged women entrepreneurs.
We’re so proud to have been a part of National Small Business Week and to help support the upcoming training conference because it’s critical to support small businesses, a key growth engine of the U.S. economy.