To build on the results of the 2015 Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration on two events during National Small Business Week (NSBW). The events focus on the top two small business needs identified in the survey: marketing and technology.

Local business lending experts will explore the innovative role of technology in today’s small business lending landscape during “The Technology of Lending” on May 5 at Bolstr. On May 7, marketing specialists will discuss the most effective small business branding strategies during “Building Your Brand” at the University of Phoenix. Events are open to the public at

“These results of our 2015 Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey demonstrate how important small businesses are to the economic growth of our region,” said Katie Hamilton, Director of Small Business at the Chicagoland Chamber. “There are more than 240,000 small businesses across Chicagoland, and more than 70 percent of them reported that they plan to grow their business over the next 12 months. Part of the role of Small Business Chicago and our community partners is to provide a support system for business owners and entrepreneurs in the region through programs like National Small Business Week.”

National Small Business Week highlights the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all over the United States as they work to create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

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