Definitely De Pere: Events Happening Downtown De Pere this Weekend


For Immediate Release
Events Happening Downtown De Pere this Weekend

Yoga in the Park | Thursday, July 11

Farmers Market | Thursday, July 11

Art Walk | Friday, July 12

Food Truck Rally | Sunday, July 14

De Pere, WI (July 9, 2019) – It’s going to be a lively and entertaining weekend downtown De Pere. Definitely De Pere is excited to announce the second Farmers Market, Art Walk, and Food Truck Rally of the season as well as the first Yoga in the Park. Farmers Market and Yoga in the Park kick off the festivities on Thursday, July 11. Art Walk takes place on Friday, July 12 with a trolly taking visitors throughout downtown to enjoy artists, live music and more. And, the weekend wraps up at Food Truck Rally on Sunday, July 14 with delicious food, drink, and family fun.

Farmers Market | Thursday, July 11
Explore downtown De Pere at the Farmers Market presented by BayCare Clinic on

Thursday evenings through September 26 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7:00 pm in September) for live music, delicious food, cold beverages, shopping and more. The market takes place on George Street between Broadway and Wisconsin Street.

Visitors will enjoy an intimate setting with beautiful river views, picturesque sunsets, and great company! This years expanded market features a wonderful variety of products. With over 30 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and eggs, breads and baked goods, specialty foods, and handcrafted items, there is something for everyone.

Yoga in the Park | Thursday, July 11

Join Flow Yoga Studio in a community practice of yoga every Thursday from July 11 through August 22 at 6 pm at Voyageur Park, overlooking the beautiful Fox River. The free outdoor class, presented by Nicolet National Bank, offers a quiet retreat to unwind and reenergize for yogis of all skill levels. Attendees are invited to bring family and friends, a yoga mat, and water bottle for a fun summer evening in downtown De Pere!

131 N Broadway, Ste D | De Pere WI 54115 | 920.403.0337

Art Walk | Friday, July 12

Art Walk presented by Pomp’s Tire Services takes guests through various businesses showcasing professional and emerging artists. There will be 20+ venues hosting 40+ artists exhibiting and selling a variety of media including painting, jewelry, ceramics, graphics, basketry, photography, glass, and more.

Attendees will enjoy live outdoor music while meeting local artists and discovering De Pere’s charming and historic downtown. The event also highlights six outdoor murals decorating downtown and an outdoor seasonal public art exhibit featuring 10 sculptures that enliven the streetscape of De Pere.

A free trolly will take visitors from the east side to the west side operating in a continuous loop throughout the event. The pick up/drop off location will be at the corner of George and Broadway Streets and in the Nicolet Square parking lot by the artlessBastard. Attendees can pick up the artist listing with a map from these two locations as well.

Food Truck Rally | Sunday, July 14
Food Trucks will gather in the heart of downtown De Pere this Sunday, July 14, from 4:00 –

8:00 pm for an evening of good food and wholesome family fun! The second De Pere Food Truck Rally presented by Performa Architects and Engineers features a variety of food trucks. Guests can enjoy favorite bites, ethnic specialties, sweet treats, and craft beer.

The family friendly event will include live music from local artists, outdoor games including life size Connect Four, Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Corn Hole Toss as well as other activities for all to enjoy. There will be face painting, henna, balloon animals, and fun for the kids.

Located just steps from the Fox River Trail, the De Pere Food Truck Rally is a special place to be this Sunday evening!

Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District. The purpose of the organization is to improve quality of life through assisting in the revitalization of the downtown. Definitely De Pere does this through economic development, promotions, special events, design and beautification.

Media Contact:

Tina Quigley, Executive Director (920) 403-0337


De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents 4th Annual Community Art in the Park Event, July 14.

For Immediate Release


De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Presents 4th Annual Community Art in the Park Event, July 14.


De Pere, WI (July 7, 2019) – The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to join us in sharing the appreciation of various forms of art in our community at Art in the Park on Sunday, July 14 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This event will feature a Children’s Area, food vendors/trucks, live music, artist demonstrations, and more.


Art in the Park will be held at Voyageur Park, 100 William Street, De Pere. We look forward to hosting a variety of artists and encouraging the community to participate in and appreciate the arts. Vendors will have products for sale throughout the day. Come out to the park and see all of the different art vendors!


This event is made possible by the following; TundralandTitle Sponsor, Wisconsin Public ServiceArtist Sponsor, Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.Music Sponsor, Creative Kids RockChildren’s Area Volunteers. Music by Anastasia Lee, Green Bay Harp Choir, Kinco Reinhardt, RosyThornyDay, The Gang and more to be announced. Food and beverages from Fun Fest Foods, Gourmet Corn, Papa Johns, and Street Grub.


The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit. We are a member-owned organization built up of staff, interns, and plenty of volunteers. Our Mission is to advance the interests of member businesses through business development and community involvement to stimulate economic growth in the De Pere area. Our Vision is to make De Pere a destination for living, travel, and business.


Media Contact:

Amber Thiel, President |

441 Main Ave (inside of Chase Bank)

De Pere WI 54115



Downtown De Pere Farmers Market Kicks off Thursday, June 20


For Immediate Release

Downtown De Pere Farmers Market Kicks off Thursday, June 20

De Pere, WI (June 17, 2019) – Explore downtown De Pere at the Farmers Market returning this summer on Thursday evenings starting June 20 through September 26 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7:00 pm in September). Join Definitely De Pere all summer long for live music, delicious food, cold beverages, shopping and more.

The market takes place at George Street Plaza between Broadway and Wisconsin Street. Visitors will enjoy an intimate setting with beautiful river views, picturesque sunsets, and great company!

This years expanded market features a wonderful variety of products. With over 30 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and eggs, breads and baked goods, specialty foods, and handcrafted items, there is something for everyone.

The market will also feature special weekly events such as a kids market, health and wellness activities, and learning and education opportunities.

Definitely De Pere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nationally accredited Main Street Program and a Business Improvement District. The purpose of the organization is to improve quality of life through assisting in the revitalization of the downtown. Definitely De Pere does this through economic development, promotions, special events, design and beautification.

Media Contact:

Tina Quigley, Executive Director (920) 403-0337

131 N Broadway, Ste D

| De Pere WI 54115 |


Funding for De Pere Southern Bridge, 1-41 expansion approved by committee

DE PERE, Wis. – After years of delays, the goal of adding a long-awaited southern bridge in De Pere took a vital step forward last Thursday.

Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee voted to provide funding for the construction of a southern bridge in De Pere, as well as lane expansions between De Pere and Appleton on I-41.

“We are thrilled to clear this major hurdle,” said De Pere Mayor Michael Walsh. “This is something I’ve been working on tirelessly over the years, and while this isn’t the final step, it’s a major one in getting a much-needed southern bridge built in our area. A second bridge would be a major catalyst for our City and the region as we look to grow and thrive in the decades to come, spur new business development, and increase driver safety by reducing congestion.”

Mayor Walsh said he was thankful for the efforts of Senator Andre Jacque, Senator Robert Cowles and Representative John Nygren, who helped pave the way for Wisconsin DOT to receive budget consideration and potential funding for this important project, along with the efforts of Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, and the Greater Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Jayme Sellen.  Beyond that, the Mayor is also grateful for those who have continually advocated and pushed state lawmakers to consider southern bridge funding for Brown County, including members of the De Pere City Council; the town boards of Lawrence and Ledgeview; and many other groups, businesses, residents and government leadership from the greater De Pere and Green Bay area.

Following this vote by the Joint Finance Committee, the state senate and assembly will next need to approve the funding plan, and Governor Evers will then need to give final approval.

If funding is approved for these projects, a new interchange and expansion work on Highway 41 would provide critical initial infrastructure to support the southern bridge.

First, work would likely begin on a new interchange at Highway 41 and Southernbridge Road in De Pere. This interchange would also likely be the start of an opening phase of Highway 41 lane expansion between De Pere and Appleton, running approximately 23 miles between Scheuring Road and Highway 96. Funding would also go toward work on the bridge itself, as well as accommodating the federal environmental review process and interchange access reports necessary to proceed.



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Southern De Pere Bridge Could Move Forward

Southern De Pere bridge could move forward

By Lee Reinsch
Press Times Correspondent

DE PERE – Pending environmental studies, headaches for those traveling over the Fox River in rush-hour traffic could be on their way to alleviation.
A second bridge between the east and west sides could be just the panacea, according to some.

The De Pere Common Council got an update on the long-awaited southern bridge project from Cole Runge, principal transportation planner for the Brown County Planning Commission and director of the Brown County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on May 21.

The project would create another bridge over the Fox River and a divided four-lane arterial street corridor between the intersection of County Highways GV and X in the Town of Ledgeview and the intersection of County Highways EB and F in the Town of Lawrence, Runge said.

The project could also include a new full-access interchange at Interstate 41.

The Federal Highway Administration in March approved traffic studies done last year and concurred with a long-held opinion on the location.

“All of the entities involved (DOT, Federal Highway Administration, and Brown County) agree that the only viable alternative for the future in terms of handling future projected traffic volume is with the new bridge at Rockland and Red Maple roads, with the new interchange (at) Southbridge Road and I-41,” Runge said.

That location isn’t final and could change based on environmental findings, he said.

Environmental studies are underway and should be finished by May or June of next year.

After that, bridge design is expected to take two years, and then work could start on the bridge in 2022 or 2023, Runge said.
And it wouldn’t be done overnight.

“We’re assuming we’ll have to do it in five phases, starting west and working east until we’re finished, and we would expect to finish it in 10 years from the time we start,” he said.
Because it would directly link the industrialized areas to highways, the bridge would reduce shipping costs, Runge said.

It would also lessen traffic congestion without an expensive expansion of the Claude Allouez Bridge or Highway 57 south of downtown De Pere.

Because the bridge and connecting streets would have bike lanes and pedestrian walkways, it would give employers an added reason to remain in or relocate to the area, Runge said.

Runge said the county is seeking federal and state funds to offset the local costs associated with the project.

“We have some requests in to the state for some funding from the state budget at this point, and we have our eyes on some federal grant programs,” Runge said.
Alderman Jonathon Hansen said citizen support is crucial.

“There are some significant funds that lawmakers can work with, so if this is important to you, I recommend that you reach out to your representatives to make this go forward,” Hansen said.

Mayor Mike Walsh echoed Hansen’s plea for people to contact state legislators.

“We’ve been working with them very diligently and need them to get on board,” Walsh said. “We’ve had discussions with our local and valley representatives, and due to the fact that we’re now in a little competition for money with the Highway 41 project that reared its head a year or so ago, we need people and businesses to contact their representatives to get this project off the ground.”

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De Pere Fire Relief Fund: Questions and Answers – How to Get Involved


De Pere Fire Relief Fund

Questions and Answers

May 7, 2019

On April 24, 2019, an historic building collapsed during a massive fire on De Pere’s east side. Definitely De Pere, in consultation with the City of De Pere and Brown County United Way, has established a fire relief fund. The purpose of this fund is to assist individuals and businesses affected by the fire with their immediate unmet needs. Eligible applicants for assistance include residential and business tenants of 100 and 106 Broadway.

There is a significant and urgent need for fire victim assistance. Immediately following the fire, Definitely De Pere began outreach to the fire victims to gather their personal stories and offer support. This process is ongoing and continues to reveal information on significant gaps in what insurances will cover and the actual monetary costs incurred by apartment residents and business owners. Some victims have no fire insurance coverage.

The apartments and businesses located at these addresses experienced losses estimated to be as much as $1,000,000. The gap is estimated to be close to half that amount. To date, $22,121 has been raised for the De Pere Fire Relief Fund. Additional donations to the fund are welcomed and encouraged.

There are various ways in which individuals, businesses and foundations may donate to the fund:

Checks should be made out to De Pere Fire Relief Fund

Donations will be accepted through May 24th, with 100% of every contribution going directly to fire victims.

Information on how to apply for assistance through the fund will be publicly available by May 27th. Pending available dollars, it is anticipated that the fund will help compensate victims for losses not covered by personal or business insurances such as:

  • Personal care items
  • Clothing and furniture
  • Household supplies
  • Medical prescriptions and supplies
  • Food
  • Business-related capital expenditures

There are additional ways in which you can help:

Companies can plan a fundraiser or support the efforts that are currently under way. Several businesses have already coordinated activities in a quick, practical way to help make a difference.

Nicolet National Bank coordinated a ‘Jeans Day’ and asked anyone who wanted to wear jeans to work, to contribute $5 or more to the De Pere Fire Relief Fund. They were able to raise $1,300 in a single day.

The Runaway Spoon offered packaged dinners for sale for two. They received approximately 40 orders, which they hand delivered. Many of their clients donated beyond the price of the meals, and shared their message to raise awareness in the community. In total they were able to raise $1,156.

For one day, Gallagher’s Pizza donated 20% of their sales from all three locations to the fund and also collected general donations totaling $2,415.

Jenstar Movement Studiois hosted ‘Classes for a Cause’. Attendees were asked to make a minimum donation of $25 to attend and take part in a variety of fitness classes, raffles and a live interactive community art project. The total raised for the general fund was $1,100.

The City of De Pere has coordinated a ‘Fire Relief Jeans Day’ where City staff members who want to wear jeans that day are asked to make a $5 donation.

The Green Room is hosting a ComedyCity Family Fun Show on Tuesday, May 21 at 6 pm. Admission is $10 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Fire Relief Fund. Following this show is Comedic Neutral – Live Comedy at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 and The Green Room will be donating a portion of the ticket sales to the fund as well.

Great Harvest Bread Co. is doing a ‘take what you want, pay what you want’ from 2 – 6 pm Wednesday, May 22 on all items in the store.

Luna is selling one pound bags of their Life Boat Blend coffee with 100% of the first 35 bags sold benefiting the fund.

If you are coordinating a fundraiser, or plan to, please emailDefinitely De Pere and they will promote the event via their weekly newsletter and through social media outlets.

For more information, visit the Definitely De Pere website at on Facebook, or contact Tina Quigley at tina@definitelydepere.orgor (920) 403-0337.

Future Development in Downtown De Pere Includes New Notre Dame School and St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall


For Immediate Release: May 14, 2019


Contact: Bridget O’Connor, project communications representative,, 920-288-2980


Future Development in Downtown De Pere Includes

New Notre Dame School and St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall

Thanks to a major gift from De Pere natives and Catholic supporters Jim and Miriam Mulva, a new state-of-the-art Notre Dame School of De Pere and a parish hall at St. Francis Xavier will be built.

DE PERE, Wis. —Jim and Miriam Mulva, who earlier this month announced their gift of the Mulva Cultural Center to their hometown of De Pere, are ready to bring another transformative treasure to their community.


In collaboration with Notre Dame School of De Pere and the Catholic churches on De Pere’s east side, the Mulvas are happy to announce today plans for redevelopment of the two existing Notre Dame school buildings and parts of the adjacent St. Francis Xavier Parish.


The Mulvas are making a substantial gift of $27 million to cover the costs of building a new three-story Notre Dame School that would serve all of its students from early childhood through eighth grade, as well as the construction of a new parish center for St. Francis Xavier.


“For Jim and me, Catholic faith and Catholic education have been the bedrock of our lives since we were growing up in De Pere,” Miriam Mulva says. “We both attended Catholic schools in the city. Now, when we are in town, we attend Mass at and support the Catholic parishes of St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary. So, in our longstanding dedication to Catholic education and the De Pere community we so dearly love, we are pleased to make this gift to the St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary parishes, which own the buildings that house Notre Dame School.”


Today’s announcement comes two weeks after the Mulvas and the De Pere Cultural Foundation unveiled plans to build a $50 million Mulva Cultural Center in the heart of downtown De Pere. Pending city approval within the next year, the three-story, 60,000-square-foot center to showcase world-class arts and culture has a proposed opening in 2022.


Through a diocesan proxy administered and approved by Bishop David Ricken and the Green Bay Diocese late last week, St. Francis Xavier Parish is transferring adjacent land currently occupied by Notre Dame Middle School at 221 S. Wisconsin St. and the parish’s Father Tony Dolski Parish Center, St. Francis Xavier House and garages to the De Pere Cultural Foundation.


The Mulvas are committed to replacing the existing Notre Dame Elementary School building with an 87,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art school that will become the merged campus for the entire Notre Dame School. Currently, the elementary school is two blocks away from the middle school at 100 S. Huron St. The elementary school building previously was home to St. Mary School, attended by generations of De Pere Catholics.


Notre Dame School of De Pere is supported by St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. Mary Catholic Church, which is in the neighboring Town of Ledgeview. Through a collaborative facility study initiated by the two parishes five years ago, both Notre Dame school buildings were identified as needing costly maintenance and repairs.


Two highly acclaimed Wisconsin companies will lead the design and construction of the new Notre Dame School of De Pere. GROTH Design Group, based in Cedarburg and Milwaukee, is the project architect. Miron Construction Co. Inc., headquartered in Neenah, is the building contractor.


“GROTH Design Group and Miron Construction are highly regarded throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest and other parts of the country for their design and construction of schools,” Jim Mulva says. “We are pleased the parish is partnering with both companies on this exciting new project to enhance the educational and faith opportunities for children and families in the De Pere community.”


Preliminary building plans for the new school include state-of-the-art classrooms and flexible learning spaces for students, a two-station gymnasium and a chapel.


“We are fortunate at Notre Dame of De Pere to have incredible teachers and families who are invested in and witnesses to our youth as they grow in their Catholic faith,” says Molly Mares, the school principal. “It’s such an amazing community to be a part of as our students learn, grow, play, pray and serve—all together. We have a thriving school community, and I can’t wait to see what that looks like in the new school.”


As part of this project, a new St. Francis Xavier parish hall will be built to replace the Dolski Parish Center. Also, the current Notre Dame Middle School and Dolski Parish Center will be razed, and once cleared, the property upon which those buildings sit will be transferred by St. Francis Xavier Parish to the De Pere Cultural Foundation for use as landscaped areas and parking for the Mulva Cultural Center. For church services, St. Francis Xavier parishioners will have use of new Mulva Cultural Center parking.


“This exciting opportunity would only be possible through God’s grace and the generosity of Jim and Miriam Mulva, whose passion for Catholic faith, Catholic education and the De Pere community is truly inspiring,” says Father Richard Getchel, pastor of St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary parishes.


Development plans for the current Notre Dame Middle School and St. Francis Xavier parish hall land are expected to be submitted to the De Pere Common Council for approval this summer.


A partial demolition of parish property is expected to begin this summer. The Creekside Christian Montessori school, which leased building space on the existing Notre Dame Elementary School site, is relocating in the De Pere area to accommodate the early construction plans by Miron for the new school and new parish center. Demolition of the current Notre Dame Middle School and the Dolski Parish Center is expected to occur in summer 2020.


“Jim and Miriam Mulva epitomize what De Pere is all about—family first, hardworking, love of community, forward thinking—and I am so proud and happy that this is their hometown,” De Pere Mayor Mike Walsh says. “As a city, we are very grateful and excited that the Mulvas are, once again, looking out for our community with this incredibly generous gift to ensure a new school for Notre Dame and enhancements at one of our landmark parishes, St. Francis Xavier. We look forward to working with the Mulvas and the De Pere Cultural Foundation to move this project forward.”


Miron plans to have the new St. Francis Xavier parish center ready for move-in next spring and have the new Notre Dame School of De Pere campus open in August 2020 for the start of the 2020-21 school year.


Classes at both existing Notre Dame School buildings will continue without disruption in the 2019-20 school year during construction.


“Our entire team at Miron Construction is thrilled to be a part of this incredible De Pere development, in conjunction with Notre Dame School of De Pere and St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary parishes and in collaboration with the Mulvas. This world-class facility will not only enhance Catholic education in our area but will elevate the entire surrounding community as well,” says David G. Voss Jr., Miron president and CEO.



Miriam (Brozyna) Mulva grew up in De Pere, Wisconsin. A graduate of St. Norbert College in her hometown and an active volunteer, Miriam serves on St. Norbert College’s Board of Trustees, is active in her faith and manages with her husband James the many activities of the Mulva Family Foundation.


James (Jim) Mulva also is a De Pere native and a graduate of the University of Texas, BBA and MBA. He is a former naval officer and retired chairman and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company and then ConocoPhillips. Jim has served on many corporate boards, including the National Petroleum Council, and currently serves on the board of directors of General Electric, General Motors Company, Green Bay Packaging, and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he has served as board chair.


The Mulvas’ love of De Pere and culture continues to result in significant contributions to their hometown’s vibrancy. Examples of prominent gifts from the Mulvas and the Mulva Family Foundation within walking distance of the proposed new Mulva Cultural Center in downtown De Pere include the Gehl-Mulva Science Center, Mulva Family Fitness and Sports Center, a statue named “The Conversion” and the Mulva Library, all located at St. Norbert College—Miriam’s alma mater. The Mulvas also have committed to other educational, health and community organizations throughout the region including ball fields, a YMCA swimming pool, De Pere lock and dam beautification projects, and many others.



The De Pere Cultural Foundation is a tax-exempt, private operating foundation funded by contributions from Jim and Miriam Mulva that was organized for the purpose of designing, constructing and operating the proposed new Mulva Cultural Center in downtown De Pere, Wisconsin. To learn more, visit



The Catholic faith has been interwoven into the fabric of what is now the City of De Pere, Wisconsin, for nearly 350 years after Jesuit missionary Father Claude Allouez founded the St. Francis Xavier Mission and built a chapel on the east bank of the Fox River. The St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary Catholic parishes have served generations of Catholics on De Pere’s east side since the late 1800s. The existing St. Francis Xavier church in downtown De Pere was dedicated in 1972. The current St. Mary church relocated from downtown De Pere to neighboring Ledgeview in 1998. The two parishes were linked as one with a single pastor serving both congregations in 2006. To learn more, visit and



A longtime Catholic school on the east side of downtown De Pere, Wisconsin, Notre Dame School serves more than 350 students in early childhood through eighth grade. As one of the first school consolidations in the Green Bay Diocese, St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary schools merged in 1971 and became Notre Dame. Jointly supported by St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary Catholic parishes, Notre Dame is part of the nine-school Green Bay Area Catholic Education school system (GRACE). To learn more, visit



Established in 1994, GROTH Design Group is home to registered architects, LEED Accredited Professionals, project managers and designers, interior designers, construction administrators and support professionals. From the Wisconsin communities of Cedarburg and Milwaukee, GROTH helps its clients with single-discipline studies to renovation and new construction. Its projects span a number of sectors—from religious, education and corporate to senior life, health care and community. To learn more, visit



Miron Construction Co. Inc. provides innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, industrial, and general construction services to multiple markets throughout the United States. The family-owned company, which celebrated its 100thanniversary in 2018, has a team of more than 1,500 with corporate headquarters in Neenah, Wisconsin, and five regional offices in Wisconsin and Iowa. Miron has completed numerous projects throughout the Midwest and continues to expand into the national marketplace with projects in Oklahoma, Georgia, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. To learn more, visit



President Trump Proclaims National Small Business Week May 5 – 11

President Trump Proclaims National Small Business Week May 5 – 11

Release Date:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
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WASHINGTON – Today, National Small Business Week celebrations commence in the nation’s capital with a two-day award ceremony at the U.S. Institute of Peace where more than 75 national award winners from across the country and U.S. territories are gathered to be recognized for their major accomplishments.  The two-day award ceremony will conclude Monday, May 6 with the announcement of the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year and two runners-up.

Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the annual event honors the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, and business advocates. National Small Business Week events will continue through May 11, with SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton hosting additional events taking place in Utah, as well as more than 200 events across the nation.

President Donald Trump in his proclamation declaring May 5 – 11, 2019, as National Small Business Week stated, “America’s 30 million small businesses are central to our economy and our communities.  Their courageous innovation makes our cities and towns vibrant places to live, work, and raise families.  Small businesses employ almost 59 million workers, more than one-third of our country’s labor force.” He added, “This week, we celebrate the pioneering spirit, creativity, and determination upon which America has always been built.  This undaunted conviction drives our entrepreneurs and small business owners, whose hard work and perseverance give our Nation economic strength.  Their initiative, combined with the greatest workforce in the world, is enabling us to convert the unlimited potential of America into great wealth and prosperity.”

The President’s proclamation closes with “by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5 through May 11, 2019, as National Small Business Week.  I call upon all Americans to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners as they grow our Nation’s economy.”

The Washington, D.C. award ceremonies and workshops on digital commerce and social media will be livestreamed at  In addition, there will be a free Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week, May 7-8 between 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET daily. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without traveling.  Registration is required, individuals interested in the conference can register here. Virtual Conference viewers will be able to watch educational webinars, get free business advice and network with fellow business owners.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit


Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2019 SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA/SCORE programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.