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Live Webcast of SBA's National Small Business Week Policy Forums Scheduled

Issue Forums to Focus on Healthcare, Trade and the Economy

WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Small business and advocacy groups, bloggers and think tanks can take part in National Small Business Week 2008, featuring national awards and issue forums at the agency's premier annual event.

These public policy forums will feature leading experts discussing key issues that impact small business and the economy:


Secretary Michael Leavitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative

Newt Gingrich, Chairman, American Solutions and former House Speaker

Clarence "Bud" Albright Jr., Under Secretary of Energy

Paul A. Schneider, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Michael E. Porter, Chairman, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

John Hope Bryant, Founder of Operation HOPE

Other prominent business leaders, CEOs and politicos


Continuous Live Webcasting of Executive Policy Forums

Healthcare: Cost and Coverage: Healthcare Chicken and Egg Trade

Going Global: Accessing New Markets

Meeting the Energy Challenge: Impacts & Opportunities for Small Business

Procurement: Secrets of Building Alliance Partnerships with Prime Contractors

Financial: Investing in the Future: Financing Inner City Businesses (in NYC)


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All Forums will be Webcast Live across the Nation. Award events also will be Webcast live.

Sponsored by Cisco; Event times and dates subject to change.

Please check the Web site for most current information.


April 22, 2008 -- Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center, Wash., D.C.

9:30 am - 10:40 am Healthcare: Cost and Coverage: Healthcare Chicken and Egg

10:45 am - 11:30 am Keynote Remarks by Newt Gingrich

11:35 pm - 12:20 pm Keynote Remarks by Michael Levitt

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Keynote Remarks by SBA Administrator Steve Preston & the National Awards Honoring State Small Business Winners

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Trade: Going Global: Accessing New Markets

April 23, 2008 -- Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center, Wash., D.C.

8:00 am - 10:00 am Keynote Remarks by Secretary Stephen Moret, Louisiana

Economic Development & the Phoenix Awards

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Energy: Impacts & Opportunities for Small Business

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Keynote Remarks by Minority Business Development Agency Director Ronald Langston & the National Awards Honoring Procurement Winners

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Procurement: Secrets of Building Alliance Partnerships with Prime Contractors

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm Champion Awards

April 25, 2008 - The Westin New York at Times Square, New York

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Financial: Investing in the Future: Financing Inner City Businesses; Keynote Remarks by Michael Porter & the Lender Awards

(Video on Demand of events and forums will be available 24 hours after the event. Visit for schedule and details.)

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