As savvy entrepreneurs, you know a good thing when you see it. While deals, discounts and giveaways are surely already on your radar, you may not want to miss these. In honor of National Small Business Week, which ends Saturday, companies including Dell and Capital One are offering up discounts, as well as opportunities for mentorship to interested small business owners.
Here is just a sampling of the most enticing, national offerings around:
1. Capital One
To support local business owners in cities across the country, Capital One Spark Business is launching We Work as One campaign. Starting on June 1 in Chicago, and later at San Francisco (July), New York City (August), Denver (September), and Boston (October), small business owners and entrepreneurs will have a chance to network and learn at select Capital One Cafés and within Capital One’s Union Square Flagship branch in New York City. Its events include Small Talk Thursdays, which take place on select Thursdays each month through the end of October. During each Small Talk event, the bank plans to hold discussions between well-known companies, which have yet to be named, and leading local business owners about how they overcame challenges. There will also be live-stream casts of select Thursday sessions. Finally, just by signing up, select small businesses will also have an opportunity to showcase their brands and products by distributing free samples at Capital One Cafés.
Dell is offering up to 40 percent off select business and consumer PCs during May, Small Business Month. In addition, it’s offering a free 1-terabyte external hard drive with select purchases. The PC models included in the company’s promotion: Inspiron 15 3000, Latitude 14 5000 Series (E5470), Inspiron Desktop, and OptiPlex 3040 Small Form Factor.
3. JPMorgan Chase
On Monday, JPMorgan Chase announced $2.2 million to support underserved and minority-owned businesses throughout the U.S. as part of the firm’s three-year commitment from its Small Business Forward initiative. Besides its investment, the company is also holding events aimed at providing access to information and resources to small businesses. There’s the Chase for Business Conference, which took place on May 1, and featured JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Shark Tank co-star Daymond John, and best-selling author and TV host Mel Robbins. Chase will also host a webinar on Thursday (May 4), that will focus on the importance of having one’s own money and how entrepreneurship paves a way to empowerment.
eBay is hosting its 2017 Shine Awards to reward small businesses that are registered sellers on eBay. There are five categories: Rising Star, Global Business, Minority or Woman-Owned Business, Charitable Business, and Young Entrepreneur. Now through May 19, eligible companies can enter the contest by telling their stories. Voting takes place from June 26 through July 14, and winners are announced during the week of July 24 at eBay Open in Las Vegas. There will be six winners, five winners from the categories and one small business of the year. The prizes of the contest range from a professional photo shoot and video profile to a $5,000 cash prize, and also include various amounts of eBay store credits.