Pennsylvania Small Business Week 2016

The first inaugural Pennsylvania Small Business Week was held on May 1-7, 2016. This unprecedented event brought current and aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, and economic development partners from across the state together to celebrate the significant contributions of our small businesses and highlight the resources available to support them. The week-long event included award ceremonies, events, informational webinars, in-person trainings, and small business visits.

This event could not have been possible without the help of our partners. Thank you to everyone who helped share the news about Pennsylvania Small Business Week, as well as to those who participated in the week’s events and webinars.

Small Business Week 2016 Gallery

To learn more about the services available to help start, grow, and expand a business in Pennsylvania, visit our resources webpage.

Small Business Web Series

During the course of the week, the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) hosted a free five-webinar series on topics related to starting growing, and expanding a small business in Pennsylvania. Presenters from our economic development partner organizations led each hour-long webinar. Recordings of each are available on DCED’s YouTube channel as part of a special Small Biz in PA playlist.

An introduction to the basics of starting a small business in Pennsylvania, this webinar offers information about registrations, licenses, business structures, and business plan development.

Learn about Pennsylvania's public sector partners who work with the private sector to provide assistance in funding a startup business.

Learn how to leverage LinkedIn to find, connect, and build valuable business relationships using a proven process used by thousands of business go-getters across the country.

Looking to expand your consumer base? This presentation offers information on the vast opportunities available by selling to the world's largest buyer of goods and services (the U.S. government) as well as to other countries in the global marketplace.

Learn how to foster innovation within a small business while addressing the special needs and challenges that face tech startups, as well as the resources that are available through Pennsylvania's network that support business growth and development.

Pennsylvania Small Business Administration Award Winners

Congratulations to the Pennsylvania winners of the 2016 Small Business Administration (SBA) Awards! For more than 50 years, SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. These Pennsylvania companies were chosen for their outstanding achievements in job growth, innovation, and more

Bernadette Ann Ward, Colorfin, LLC: Eastern Pennsylvania District and Overall Pennsylvania Small Business Exporter of the Year Award


Jennifer Gill, Exact Masonary Staining: Eastern Pennsylvania District Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year


Patrick Nasser, Williams Nasser III, Eric Miller, Anthony Potis, Backyard Ale House: Eastern Pennsylvania District Small Business Person of the Year


John James McGeehan, Gavin McGeehan, Gaver Industries, Inc. dba Barker and Barker Paving: Eastern Pennsylvania District Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year


Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, Acoustic Sheep: Western Pennsylvania District and Overall Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year


Dennis, Nancy, Ryan and Michael McFarland, Buttonwood Campground: Eastern Pennsylvania District Family-Owned Small Business of the Year Award


Steve Stumbris, Bucknell University SBDC: Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award


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