“In 2008, National Small Business Week honored the estimated 25.8 million small businesses in America. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and their impact is huge. They represent 50 percent of the non-farm GDP. They also create 60-80 percent of new jobs in the country. Through the work of entrepreneurs, jobs are created, families are given hope for a better life, and indeed, whole communities are transformed. National Small Business Week is an important moment to showcase and recognize some of the most successful and inspiring of these entrepreneurs.” National Small Business Week was April 21-25, 2008.

Webcasts of events will be available in May, but you can view highlights, a transcript of President Bush’s address, and profiles of all of the 2008 award winners.

Since 1963, every President has declared National Small Business Week to formally recognize the important role of America’s small business community. The U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to announce the next National Small Business Week: May 18-22, 2009.