Dell to Celebrate Small Business Week in a Big Way

National Small Business Week is an annual event put on by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to celebrate the small business community. This year small business week will run from April 30-May 5, 2018.

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Dell is a huge proponent of small businesses. From our early days in Michael Dell’s dorm room, small business and entrepreneurship have been part of who we are.

This year, we are venturing to Brooklyn, NY for a two-day EXTRAVAGANZA for small businesses.

Can’t make it to NY? We will be livestreaming via and the Dell for Business Facebook page.

The two-day event will feature games, products, giveaways, speakers, educational sessions, and more.

Dell’s small business partners including Microsoft, McAfee, Intuit Quickbooks, Salesforce, Bumble Bizz, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and more will be taking part in programming to provide valuable insights for attendees and livestream viewers.

RSVP Dell Small Business Celebration, May 4 and 5, 2018Talks will range from funding options for small businesses to data security, productivity, and so much more! We will have experts, speakers, influencers, and local business owners on hand to talk about their business journey.

Rob Walsh from 1010 Wins and “The Bottom Line for Small Business” podcast will join Dell to kick off our evening reception on Friday, May 4. The reception will include a happy hour with six contestants from the hit-show Shark Tank.

On Saturday (May 5) join us early to meet with Bumble Bizz and see how this dating app is facilitating business connections in the digital age.

We will close our Saturday evening (4-6 pm) with a Small Business Cinco de Mayo Party like no other!

As you get ready to celebrate Small Business Week with us, here’s five fast fact you might not know about small business:

  1. There are 29 million small businesses in the US.
  2. Michael Dell originally incorporated his company as Dell Computer Corporation, doing business as PC’s Limited
  3. Small businesses make up 99.9 percent of businesses in the US.
  4. Dell’s Small Business advisor program allows small businesses of any size to have a free advisor to consult on their technology needs.
  5. Sixty-six percent of small businesses say they take a “do-it-yourself” approach to IT.

Couldn’t attend this event? No worries! Ramon Ray, editor of Smart Hustle Magazine, spoke with an “A-list” of business owners who were there to get their advice on the power of technology in their business, and he shares the highlights here:

About the Author: Erik Day

Erik Day has been at Dell for over 16 years. He first joined the company as a temporary consumer sales agent in 1999 shortly after finishing his Bachelors of Psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Erik has held multiple sales, merchandising and marketing leadership roles in his tenure at Dell which has taken him to 25+ countries over 5 continents. Erik spent 2009 to the early part of 2013 leading Retail Merchandising, Retail Marketing and CSB Direct Media Budget and Planning for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. Most recently, Erik has been responsible for leading an outstanding team of sales leaders covering large format retailers and CSB distribution channel partners across the United States and Canada. Between 2013-14, Erik built a $500M Acquisition business in retail and helped grow Best Buy over 50% YoY between 2014 and today. Erik is an avid tennis player and just got married in August of this year. He loves spending time in Up North Michigan on the Lake with his husband Craig and their 2 Samoyeds, Chester and Chase.