For nearly half a century, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. In doing our part to honor and support the small business community, the City ofLowellis hosting the fourth annual One-Stop Business Resource Fair at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Inn and Conference Center on Thursday, May 19, 2011. The resource fair brings together under one roof the many organizations that offer technical, financial, procurement, networking and other business support services. Small business owners wear many hats and are often pressed for time; the resource fair offers a focused solution to their busy schedule by bringing these wide arrays of helpful services to them. Lowell’s National Small Business Week celebration is hosted in partnership with the region’s key economic development organizations including the Lowell Development and Financial Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Lowell Small Business Assistance Center, Merrimack Valley Venture Forum, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and Middlesex Community College.
“Small businesses are what drive Lowell’s economy. Nationally they are responsible for more than 90 percent of new jobs created in theUnited Statesand represent a significant portion of business activity here in Lowell. These businesses create tremendous value by providing jobs as well as goods and services to the community.” said City Manager Bernard F. Lynch. “Their continued success and ability to flourish is essential to our city’s economic growth and long-term prosperity.”
“Small Businesses, whether they are a family owned corner store or a newly emergent industry leader with nearly 500 employees, are essential to our country’s economic recovery, global competitiveness, and long-term sustainability. I encourage Lowell area residents and small business owners to take advantage of the resources available to them during National Small Business Week.”
The 2011 event, in addition to the one-stop Small Business Resource Fair, includes a CEO luncheon featuring guest speaker, Sal Lupoli of Sal’s Pizza. Mr. Lupoli will speak about his experience as an entrepreneur and successful small business owner. Other partner events includeUniversityofMassachusetts-Lowell M2D2’s open house of their new medical device incubator space and showcase of medical device start ups and the Lowell Small Business Assistance Center’s Pre-Certification Workshop by the Office of Supplier Diversity. A full listing of events is located on http://www.lowellsmallbusinessweek.com. For more information, please contact the city of Lowell Economic Development Office at (978) 446-7200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.