National Small Business Week to be held

Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year?

Since 1963, the President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week each year. In 2013 we will celebrate this week on June 17-12. National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

In addition to honoring the impact small businesses make, the SBA also provides many resources, training sessions and webinars for small business owners and entrepreneurs. You can access this information on the SBA website at “http://www.sba.gov”>www.sba.gov.

Each day during National Small Business Week, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4 p.m. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

Affordable Care Act webinars for small businesses

The WV District Office of the SBA also conducts training and webinars for local small businesses.

One of the biggest concerns small business owners are currently facing is the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a small business owner, do you have to purchase health care for your employees as part of the ACA? What if you are a sole proprietor? Will you be eligible for tax credits?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then this FREE webinar is for YOU! Guest speaker, Perry Bryant, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, will answer these questions and help small businesses navigate the new national health care legislation. The ACA webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m. on either July 19 or Aug. 23. Register for one of these sessions at aca-business-wv-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Interested in starting your own small business?

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will be hosting Small Business Fundamentals workshops at WVU-P in June, August and September. All three workshops will be from 9-noon in the Workforce Building at WVU-P. The cost is $35 per person. The dates are June 25, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24.

To learn more about the Small Business Fundamentals workshop or to register online, visit the WVSBDC website at www.wvsbdc.org. To register for the workshop, click on “Training Calendar” in the menu on the left side of the home page and choose the workshop you wish to attend. At $35 a person, the Small Business Fundamentals workshop is a great investment of your time as you simply begin the process of considering starting your own business. You will learn about all the requirements to start a business, plus tips and resources to make your journey successful. The WVSBDC also offers business coaches to guide you through the steps of launching, financing and growing your small business. Take the first step with the fundamentals workshop!

Upcoming Chamber Events:

Special Presentation: Get up to speed on “Common Core” for Government Relations Committee, Schools & Business Committee and all Chamber members , Monday, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Judge Black Annex. RSVP to info@movchamber.org if you are able to attend.

Chamber Public Relations Workshop. Special Guest Rich Schaffer, Preparing for Media Interviews, Wednesday from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Judge Black Annex. What is the spokesperson formula for success? Learn thee interview techniques worth mastering before you go on-air, plus mock interviews, putting it into practice. Open to all Chamber members. Register on-line at www.movchamber.org

June Lunch & Learn with WVU, Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at WV Central Credit Union, 809 Division St. Learn more about achieving a master’s degree in corporate and organization communication in as little as two years. Free for Chamber members. Seating limited to 30 attendees, so register today. Register on-line at www.movchamber.org

Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at info@movchamber.org, or stop by the Chamber office at 409 1/2 Market St. in Parkersburg.

Jill Parsons is president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.