The week of June 17 is Small Business Week. This is the 50th year the week has been celebrated.
Every year since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing the week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small-business owners.
According to the Small Business Administration, 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 said it takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small-business owners and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Events are being held around the nation in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Dallas and St. Louis. Events also are scheduled online.
The SBA said it has invited expert panelists to join Google+ Hangouts.