These cities had some memorable Small Business Week events, offering a leg up to their own local stores and more.
Los Angeles, CA
JPMorgan Chase has sponsored National Small Business Week for now its fourth year in a row, with CEO Jamie Dimon present at the kickoff in Los Angeles this year. Chase announced $2.2 million to support underserved and minority-owned businesses throughout the U.S. as part of its three-year, $75 million commitment from its Small Business Forward Initiative. Throughout the week, the company celebrated its over four million small-business clients with free webinars and special recognitions.
Colorado Springs, CO
Pikes Peak Small Business Week graduated to a full, five-day festival this year. The reason? Its super popular Food Truck Cook-Off competition, which got moved to the weekend. But in the days leading up to the cook-off, the event boasted panel discussions on managing online reputation, small-business policies of the new Trump administration and a cybersecurity demonstration focused on small business.
Philly made their National Small Business Week more than a celebration—the city wanted to leverage their events to increase access to investment dollars for minority- and female-owned small businesses. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation was behind the push, as the company has made more than 360 loans to small businesses over the last five years. And in their efforts, they’ve gotten a leg up thanks to a $1.25 million commitment from Wells Fargo.