Kicking Off the SBA’s National Small Business Week: May the Fourth Be With You


 “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” Star Wars aficionados recognize this famous quote by Force master Yoda on young Luke Skywalker’s misconceptions about diminutive stature versus importance. It seems apropos to pay a little homage to businesses that are small in size but great in number during the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week (NSBW), which celebrates American entrepreneurship. Those of you who either own, manage or work in a small business should pat yourselves on the back and recognize your value as a spoke in the wheel on which American economy turns. According to the SBA, America’s entrepreneurs create nearly two out of every three net, new U.S. jobs each year. In fact, over 65% of the jobs created in the last twenty years have been created by small businesses like yours!  More than half of all working Americans work in a small business. Considering the SBA’s definition of small business as one with less than 500 employees, almost all Bay County businesses are just that.  Small you may be but crucial are you indeed!

For those of us not operating near an NSBW event site, the SBA is offering a series of free, one-hour online webinars on a host of timely topics:

Note that these webinars are posted on Eastern time, so adjust your viewing schedule accordingly. Register online in advance for speedy access.

The Business Innovation Center (BIC) itself grew out of recognition of the importance of small businesses and our need to diversify our local economy. Not to be confused with the Small Business Development Center, the BIC offers business expertise, mentoring, networking and access to resources to our clients, from start-ups to those expanding from home-based operation to foothold firms looking to test our local business waters and relocate here. Find out how the BIC can work for you by scheduling a free Discovery Session at our offices on the FSU-Panama City campus: 850-770-2451 or

Need a little inspiration to go with your aspiration? Watch the highlights of last year’s NSBW celebration:  Encourage you it will!


Jamie Shepard
Consultant, Business Innovation Center

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