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National SBDC Day – March 16, 2023

National SBDC Day is celebrated across the United States on March 16 of each year. The day is a national, collective proclamation of the impact of America’s Small Business Development Centers (S.B.D.C.s). National SBDC Day hopes to create a community where small business owners can come together and benefit from each other’s expertise. This is also the day to recognize small businesses in your area and the ways by which you can help them. Small businesses not only offer employment and personalized services, but they also preserve our culture and heritage. What is your favorite small business and how have their services benefitted you?

History of National SBDC Day

Small Business Development Centers (S.B.D.C.s) were first created in 1976. S.B.D.C.s provide innovative resources and tools that help start-ups and small businesses find success. On this day, events and conferences are organized across the country to demonstrate the impact of S.B.D.C.s and how business owners can benefit from them. S.B.D.C.s can help businesses every step of the way — from financial and business planning to technology, security, and marketing. S.B.D.C.s have much to contribute to the overall success of small businesses.

National SBDC Day was first observed in 2017. The House Committee on Small Business recognized the day in 2018. National SBDC Day is a national celebration of the success and impact that America’s Small Business Development Centers have had on American start-ups and small businesses. Established by Congress in 1980, S.B.D.C.s provide consulting, training, and resources to existing as well as new small businesses. If you have experienced success as a small business owner and wish to expand further, S.B.D.C.s have the right tools and specialized expertise to help you expand your operations! If you have not yet sought help from S.B.D.C.s, their expertise is probably what you need for your organization to reach its full potential.

National SBDC Day also unites nearly 1,000 centers across America and many more clients who join the celebrations by sharing their success stories and bringing to light how S.B.D.C.s have helped their businesses grow. You can join the National SBDC Day celebrations by attending the events in person, or joining digitally or online. Get help from experts and find out the most sustainable ways to make your business grow.

National SBDC Day timeline

19th Century
The American Civil War

The American Civil War ushers in the era of small businesses.

1920s
The Great Depression

Small businesses suffer terribly during this economic crisis.

1939 — 1945
World War II

Small businesses experience a dip in popularity during WWII.

1943
The National Federation of Small Business

The organization is established to offer support to small businesses.

National SBDC Day FAQs

How many S.B.D.C.s are there in the U.S.?

There are now 62 Lead Small Business Development Centers (S.B.D.C.s) — one in every state (Texas has four, California has six), the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What is the meaning of S.B.D.C.?

Small Business Development Centers (S.B.D.C.s) provide free marketing, financing, and business-related assistance to local entrepreneurs. They are found in all states, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories.

What are the two types of training offered by S.B.D.C.s?

There are two types of training: recommended and required.

How to Observe National SBDC Day

  1. Join an S.B.D.C. event

    A great way to celebrate National SBDC Day is by participating in events organized by S.B.D.C.s. Find out the ways to support your small business and how S.B.D.C.s can help you realize your dreams.

  2. Support small businesses

    Don’t forget to support small businesses on National SBDC Day. Celebrate the day by buying from small businesses, promoting them, and thanking small businesses for the wonderful work that they do.

  3. Volunteer your skills

    Do you have skills that can help small businesses in promoting themselves and reach their full potential? Volunteer your skills on National SBDC Day. You will be making a real difference.

5 Interesting Facts About The U.S. Economy

  1. It’s a huge economy

    The U.S. provides services and goods for more than $20 trillion dollars every year.

  2. Canadian tourists spend big

    Canadian tourists spend up to $17 billion in the U.S. every year.

  3. One of the world's highest G.D.P. growths

    The United States’ G.D.P. grows at about 7% annually.

  4. North America controls a large share

    Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. account for 27% of the global G.D.P.

  5. North American trading

    12 million people in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. are involved in cross-country trade.

Why National SBDC Day is Important

  1. It supports small businesses

    National SBDC Day is an important celebration. It supports small businesses by offering them the tools and resources to reach new heights. The celebrations also encourage potential business owners to get started on their own journeys.

  2. It’s important to the economy

    S.B.D.C.s also play a crucial role in the American economy. By creating and supporting small businesses and start-ups, they help the economy to bloom.

  3. It supports innovation

    Organizations like Small Business Development Centers support innovation and encourage authenticity. They also allow organizations to try new business models and attempt innovations that haven't been done yet.

National SBDC Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 16Thursday
2024March 16Saturday
2025March 16Sunday
2026March 16Monday
2027March 16Tuesday

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