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The UPS Store Kicks Off National Small Business Week With Small Biz Salute

New Survey Finds That Small Business Owners Crave Connections and Marketing Advice; The UPS Store Offers Both With Networking Opportunities Throughout May

/ -- SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/16 -- In celebration of National Small Business Week (May 1-7), The UPS Store is bringing together networking opportunities and marketing help through its annual Small Biz Salute, a month-long initiative providing entrepreneurs in several of the nation's top small business cities special opportunities to make meaningful connections in their communities and gain valuable marketing advice from business experts.

Throughout the month of May, The UPS Store will encourage people to "salute" their favorite local small business by giving them a shout out on social media with #SmallBizSalute. In four cities -- Minneapolis, Nashville, Houston and Phoenix -- The UPS Store will be hosting events to provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with other owners in their communities.

In addition to networking with peers, attendees will also have the opportunity to gain valuable business advice from experts like Marcus Lemonis, Host of CNBC's The Profit, who is teaming up with The UPS Store to help small business owners and will also be the keynote speaker at the Small Biz Salute event in Minneapolis on May 4 and Phoenix on May 24.

The UPS Store is also using National Small Business Week as an opportunity to help start or grow small businesses through its Small Biz Pitch Competition**. At the Small Biz Salute events, local residents can apply to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win $5,000 while also getting the invaluable feedback on their idea from hundreds of local small business owners. Those interested can apply online prior to the event or arrive early the day of the event for a chance to compete.

For more information about Small Biz Salute, visit

** Full contest rules available on The UPS Store Website. Small Biz Pitch Competition will not be held at the Phoenix event.

About The UPS Store
With more than 4,500 locations, The UPS Store network comprises the nation's largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc., a subsidiary of UPS (NYSE: UPS).

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