The Small Business Series

Growth Happens Here.

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, nothing’s bigger than small business. We take great pride in honoring small business leaders who embody the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship and significantly contribute to our country’s growth and prosperity. When small businesses thrive, your communities thrive, and that’s good for everyone.

To celebrate the success and growth of small businesses like you, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with MetLife, is expanding its premier Small Business Summit into a nationwide event series.

One national summit. Four local programs. Five ways to help your small business dream BIG.

The Small Business Series plays host to hundreds of innovative entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the country. No matter what event you choose, you’ll engage with the nation’s top business experts to gain knowledge, insights, and inspiration while connecting with small business owners like YOU.

Take your business to the next level at The Small Business Series. Growth Happens Here.

event locations


Washington, D.C.
September 10-13
Small Business Summit


Tuesday, June 13
Small Business Master Class


Thursday, July 27
Small Business Master Class


Tuesday, October 17
Small Business Master Class

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Thursday, December 14
Small Business Master Class

it’s time to dream big

Big dreams deserve big rewards, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the very best in American small business.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce knows firsthand that small businesses are the backbone of American free enterprise, representing more than 99% of all employers, creating three-fourths of all new jobs, and accounting for more than one-half of the nation’s gross domestic product. The Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with MetLife, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards program. Awards winners were selected for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award and Business Achievement Award categories.

Award winners were announced at the Dream Big Awards Celebration as part of the 2017 Small Business Summit, which took place September 10-13, 2017 in Washington, D.C.


The 2017 Business Achievement Award winners are:

  • Community Excellence Award: Golden Openings (Urbandale, Iowa)
  • Emerging Business Achievement Award: 3 Daughters Brewing (Tampa, Florida)
  • Green/Sustainable Business Achievement Award: TerraCycle, Inc. (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award: Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care (Sugar Land, Texas)
  • Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award: Tar Heel Basements (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
  • Woman-Owned Business Achievement Award: ProjectXYZ, Inc. (Huntsville, Alabama)


The 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award goes to:

  • Community Excellence Award: Golden Openings (Urbandale, Iowa)

program tracks

The Small Business Summit 2017 featured engaging sessions and workshops led by the nation’s top educators, innovators, strategists, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Attendees gained practical skills, learned the latest tactics and strategies, and made invaluable connections to help support the growth and success of small businesses.

Business Growth and Development

Business Leadership and Management

Innovation In Business:
Technology, Digital and Social Media Marketing

Policy and Advocacy

Bethenny Frankel

SkinnyGirl Founder and shark tank’s newest judge

Marcus Lemonis

Entrepreneur and host of CNBC’s “The Profit”
Presented by T-Mobile

Marc Randolph

Netflix co-founder, Executive Mentor and Angel investor

Small Business Series Partners