NEW YORK—It’s time for independents to prepare for Small Business Week, which is May 1-7 and don’t forget that May is also Small Business Month. There are many resources available to tap into in order to benefit your specific type of optical shop or eyecare practice. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering many free resources for National Small Business Week during its own entrepreneur-focused Virtual Summit scheduled for May 2-5. Details and registration are posted here.

The SBA notes that Small Business Week is a time to honor and celebrate America’s entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups. The Virtual Summit will inform attendees about how to access critical federal resources, learn new
business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The four-day, action-packed event will include honoring small businesses around the country, educational sessions, online business resources, and exciting speakers.

Over at CO, the excellent resource site for small business which is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are many helpful guides and events to enable independent small businesses around the country to take part during this special Small Business month of May. Sone of the elements featured in CO’s “10 Free Resources for Small Businesses to Leverage Year-Round” are posted here.

Also geared to helping small business celebrate their place in the nation’s economy is National Today, which highlights ideas for small business and also provides a calendar of options for marketing ideas and social media posts all year long.

And another source of great advice for small business owners is Fundera, which is a source of financial, accounting, HR and legal tips from NerdWallet, which “provides the tools, information and insight people need to navigate all of life's financial decisions.”