SBA announces that Mark Cuban, Chief José Andrés and Senior White House Advisor Cedric Richmond will be keynote speakers at National Small Business Week (NSBW) Virtual Summit 2021

Various mayors, tech leaders and small business owners to speak at NSBW

Washington, September 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the full list of speakers for National Small Business Week, including entrepreneur Mark Cuban, CEO José Andrés and senior White House adviser and director of the Office of the public engagement Cedric Richmond. The National Small Business Week Virtual Summit takes place September 13-15, 2021. The theme of this year’s event is Celebrating Resilience and Renewal, highlighting the resilience of American entrepreneurs and the renewal of the world. small business economy as they rebuild better from the crisis economic conditions brought on by the pandemic.

Director Guzman will kick off National Small Business Week with a keynote address on September 13. In addition to this and the new keynote speakers, other panelists and participants will include Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, California; Mayor Steve Adler, Austin, Texas; Mayor Regina Romero, Tucson, Arizona; Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago, Illinois; Tarik Brooks, President of Combs Enterprises, and Oisin Hanrahan, Chairman and CEO of Angi’s.

NSBW Virtual Summit Speaker Line

Monday, September 13“Back on track: resources for better reconstruction”

  • Opening speech by: Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Administrator (11 am-11:30am EDT)

  • Opening speech by: Cedric Richmond, Senior White House Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement (11 am-11:30am EDT)

  • Opening speech by: Mark Cuban, entrepreneur (11 am-11:30am EDT)

  • “Life After COVID – A Fireside Conversation with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and Chef Restaurateur José Andrés” – José Andrés, Chef, Restaurateur and Founder of World Central Kitchen (12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. EDT)

Tuesday September 14 – “Better serve small businesses and underserved communities”

  • “Supporting Latino Biz: How These Mayors Are Leading the Way”(3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. EDT)

  • Participants: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, California; Mayor Steve Adler, Austin, Texas; Mayor Regina Romero, Tucson, Arizona; Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago, Ill.

  • Moderator: Antwaun Griffin, Chief of Staff of the SBA

  • Special remarks from: Tarik Brooks, COO of Combs Enterprises, will talk about the importance for black and brown communities coming together to support each other. (4:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT)

Wednesday September 15th“Continue to support resilience and renewal”

  • Special remarks from: Oisin Hanrahan, CEO of Angi’s (formerly Angie’s List), will share small business experiences as well as trends and ideas on how Angi’s weathered the pandemic and positioned itself for the future.

Speaker biographies

Cedric Richmond: Senior White House Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Cedric Richmond is a lawyer and former Democratic congressman from Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District from 2011 to 2021. Richmond is now a senior advisor to President Biden and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Mark Cuban: entrepreneur

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, television personality and media owner. He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and president of AXS-TV. He is also a major “shark” investor in the hit ABC television series. “Shark aquarium.”

José Andrés: Chef, Restaurateur and Founder of World Central Kitchen

José Andrés is a chef, restaurateur and founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meals in the aftermath of natural disasters. He is often credited with bringing the concept of small plate meals to America. He owns restaurants in Washington, DC; Los Angeles, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; South Beach Miami and Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Ill., And New York, NY Andrés received the National Human Sciences Medal at a White House ceremony in 2016. In 2018, Andrés Global Central Kitchen provided meals to federal employees on leave during the federal government shutdown.

Administrator Guzman announced National Small Business Week 2021 in a Press release last month. The free three-day conference will take place in a virtual atrium, which will feature a series of educational panels on best practices for small businesses to pivot and recover in a changing economy. This year’s NSBW events will also provide a forum where business owners can get expert advice, learn new business strategies, connect with industry experts, and meet other business owners as they go. they seek to pivot and recover. Additional speakers will be announced. Details and information will be posted on as the events are finalized.

To register for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit and participate in summit workshops, please visit All events will be live streamed and will use the event hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek.

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About the United States Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration of the United States is making the American dream of becoming a business owner a reality. As the only resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow or grow their businesses, or grow their businesses. recover from a declared situation. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

CONTACT: Press Office United States Small Business Administration [email protected]

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