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Hancock Co., Miss. Apr. 22, 2024 – For more than 60 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week, which acknowledges the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, National Small Business Week takes place April 28 – May 4, 2024, and is when SBA officially recognizes their hard work, ingenuity, and dedication, including their contributions to the economy.

The Hancock Chamber will celebrate Small Business Week with a series of events taking place next week, including the following:

Monday, April 29th at 9 a.m.

Hancock Chamber Business Resource Center

300 S. 2nd St., Bay St. Louis

Social Media Masterclass Session II:  Insights & Analytics

$25, includes course materials and coffee/refreshments

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Tuesday, April 30th at 8:30 a.m.

Former Hancock Whitney Waveland Branch

529 Highway 90, Waveland

Power Hour Coffee Call Presented by The Longo Group

Topic: Waveland Update Panel

Panelists:  Mayor Jay Trapani; Nikhil Ajmera, Fairfield & TownePlace Suites by Marriott; 

Dannon Thornton, Harbor Freight; Anthony Sheffield, Ashman-Mollere Realty on behalf 

of Tengda Hibachi & Sushi Restaurant; and Daniel Bundy, Express Oil Change

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Tuesday & Wednesday, April 30th – May 1st

SBA National Small Business Week 2-Day Virtual Summit

This year’s event will include educational presentations by experts, exhibit booths, free business resources, multiple peer-to-peer networking rooms, and expert business advice from SCORE mentors. The event is free to attend for both established and aspiring business owners. However, you must first register to gain entry.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 12 – 2 p.m.

U.S. Chamber Small Business Day

Topics include strategies for collaboration and productivity, AI, marketing strategies and female leadership.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 5 – 7 p.m.

Business After Hours at Silver Slipper Beach Bar

This event is always an absolute blast!  Held in conjunction with Rumble on the Bay, this event brings us together with the St. Tammany Chamber and the Picayune Chamber.  Join us for a festive sunset get together complete with a taco bar and margs!


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