Activities planned during National Small Business Week

Allan Younger

Activities planned during National Small Business Week
April 27
04:45 2017



The first day of May will mark the first day of National Small Business Week.  Forsyth Technical Community College Small Business Center, 525 Vine St., will have a weeklong event to honor small businesses and entrepreneurs. Each day they will have events that seek to network and grow small businesses.

National Small Business Week was created in 1963 by the John F. Kennedy Administration.  Every community college around the state has a small business center.  Allan Younger, Forsyth Technical Community College small business center director, will show Winston-Salem what small businesses have to offer.

“If you didn’t know, small businesses contribute a lot more to the economy than we often give them credit for,” he said.  “For the last couple of years, we have put an emphasis on Small Business Week arranging a wide range of activities.”

Younger said that many businesses fail because they do not focus on the one thing that will make them successful.  He thinks bringing all of these small businesses together under one roof will allow more businesses to be successful.

Each day from May 1- May 4, the center will have a total of 14 events.  There will be a theme for each day. Monday’s theme will be “Social Media and Technology Frenzy.”  Tuesday’s theme is “What’s Your One Thing?” Wednesday’s theme is “Promoting Your Small Business.” Thursday’s theme will be “SBC (Small Business Center) On The Road.”

At the end of Small Business Week, Forsyth Tech will also introduce “Venture Cafe Winston-Salem.”  This weekly meeting will congregate every Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. where entrepreneurs and small businesses can meet and discuss any and everything weekly. To learn more information, visit

Younger says he is always eager this time of the year because he knows what the Small Business Week entails. He said this year with the added events during Small Business Week, he is hoping for a large turnout.

“I stay excited about the opportunity to help small businesses,” he said.  “I view this as an extension of the opportunity we have to help small businesses be successful.”

Younger says the showcase is free for all businesses that wish to participate and it will be a great networking opportunity for any business.

For more info visit and search for Small Business Center.

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