By Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva LesonskyThe SBA’s National Small Business Week is coming up. Will you be there? I will. The SBA is holding a town hall forum and three business forums addressing key small-business concerns. Participants will be able to exchange ideas on relevant small-business issues with leading business experts.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Town Hall Meeting – Small Business: Driving America’s Economy – May 24
  • Innovation Forum – Turning Innovation into Jobs – May 24
  • Exporting Forum – Taking Your Business Global – May 24
  • Social Media Forum – Join the Conversation – May 25

I’ll be participating in the Social Media forum. Other small-business experts and speakers at the events will include JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s “Your Business,” and experts from Yelp, eBay, Intuit, Google, UPS and more.

All meetings will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

To register for the free forums, and for the complete Small Business Week schedule, visit

Can’t make it to DC? Don’t worry, you can view live webcasts of the town hall and business forums online at