Office of Business Opportunity

OBO Press Release

The Office of Business Opportunity Joins SBA in Celebrating National Small Business Week

May 6, 2019 -- The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) Director Carlecia D. Wright joins our partners at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in celebrating National Small Business Week (May 5-11).

Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for small businesses and create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. every year.

Here in Houston, the entrepreneurial spirit is strong and diverse, reflecting the city’s work ethic and multiculturalism. The City of Houston is committed to the success of small businesses, by providing educational courses to business owners, connecting them to opportunities and supporting their growth. The Office of Business Opportunity currently offers several programs to sustain small businesses and is constantly working with our partners to create new ones.

“Every day, OBO employees work to fulfill Mayor Sylvester Turner’s vision of cultivating a competitive and diverse economic environment in the City of Houston by promoting the success of small businesses.” Director Wright said. “Small business investment is key to revitalizing neighborhoods, which improves the quality of life for many Houstonians and takes us one step closer to in making every Houston neighborhood a truly Complete Community.”

OBO Director Carlecia D. Wright will be participating in several NSBW events this week with the SBA and is available for interviews to discuss the impact of small businesses on Houston's economy and City initiatives designed to help them grow.

2019 Small Business Week Press Conference Graphic

Mayor Turner reads a proclamation during National Small Business Week