MAY 2, 2016

RALEIGH – As we enjoy the spring, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to celebrate your local small businesses.  National Small Business Week is May 1-7, 2016.  To join the discussion on Twitter, use #DreamSmallBiz.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.” says Mark Hagenbuch, director of GTCC’s Small Business Center.  “North Carolina is home to more than 800,000 small businesses. These small businesses account for more than 95 percent of all businesses in the state and employ 1.6 million people. National Small Business Week celebrates all of the entrepreneurs and business owners who keep our local economy vibrant and growing.”

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of new jobs since 1995.

National Small Business Week is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The Small Business Center Network encourages you to join us in celebrating these businesses and use the power of your dollar to support them and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

About the Guilford Technical Community College Small Business Center

The mission of the N.C. Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assisted in starting more than 700 businesses in 2014-2015.  Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all N.C. counties each year including helping to create and retain over 3,500 jobs in 2014-2015.

About Guilford Technical Community College

For more information, please contact Mark Hagenbuch, director of the GTCC Small Business Center at or at 336-334-4822, ext. 62003. GTCC operates two small business center locations at 1451 South Elm-Eugene St., Suite 1201, Greensboro and 1634 North Main St., High Point. More info at

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


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