sba-video_contest_web.jpgWASHINGTON — Every small business has a story to tell. In celebration of National Small Business Week, May 20-26, 2012, SBA is looking for creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been helped by an SBA program or service.

Businesses can tell their stories to the SBA, and their videos may appear during National Small Business Week, SBA’s marquee event that attracts hundreds of small business owners, Fortune 500 company executives, members of Congress and Obama administration officials.

The contest will raise awareness of the importance of SBA programs, and the impact the small businesses that use them have in their communities. 

Three winning videos will also be shown on May 24 during a Google+ Hangout hosted by the SBA and the White House with SBA Administrator Karen Mills. The winners can also participate in the event with Mills while she answers questions from small businesses around the country.  All qualifying videos will be showcased on SBA’s YouTube page. 

“I urge South Florida’s vibrant and dynamic small businesses to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to highlight their achievements in growing their companies and strengthening our economy with SBA’s help,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” A. Marrero.

Contestants can enter the contest by producing an original video, two minutes or less, that shares their story. The list of Contest Rules provides additional details on required video content.  All eligible videos will be judged by SBA senior officials on the inspirational nature of the message and the creativity or uniqueness of the video concept. 

Videos will feature small business owners from across the country discussing the SBA assistance the company received, the most rewarding aspects of starting a business and how the SBA assistance benefited the business and the local community. Small businesses may have received SBA business counseling, SBA-guaranteed financing or SBA disaster assistance, or participated in a SBA contracting program or in SBA’s online community. 

The videos can be submitted through from 12-5 p.m. EDT through May 11. The contest offers the opportunity to celebrate entrepreneurship and hear directly from small business owners how SBA has helped them grow and create jobs.

Free Small Business Workshop, Saturday, April 21 at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosts area small businesses along with federal, state and local agencies for the free workshop to provide marketing, management and financial guidance to small business owners or those interested in starting a small business. Registration 9 a.m.-10 a.m.; workshop 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For additional information, please call Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s office at 954-437-3936.

For more information on the Small Business Week Video Contest, visit