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NATIONAL SBDC DAY – Third Wednesday in March


During the third Wednesday in March, National Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Day recognizes the thousands of SBDCs across the country supporting entrepreneurs in the pursuit of small business ownership.

Created in 1976, SBDCs provide innovative resources and tools that contribute to the success of start-ups and small businesses. Across the country on National SBCD Day, events and conferences present platforms designed to demonstrate the impact of SBDCs. From financial and business planning to technology, security, and marketing, SBDCs contribute to the overall success of small businesses.

Across the United States, 63 Lead Small Business Development Centers assist current and prospective small business owners. There’s at least one in every state, the District of Columbia, and its territories. They provide a network of locations throughout the country that provide assistance in a wide variety of expertise.

SBDCs aren’t limited to new small businesses either. If a small business is looking to expand, the SBDC offers assistance as well.


Join an event and learn about all the benefits. To find out more visit americassbdc.org. Other ways to celebrate include:

  • Find the regional office in your state.
  • Learn what else the SBDC has to offer.
  • Share your experiences with the SBDC.
  • Get involved! Volunteer your skills and expertise to the SBDC and help an entrepreneur get their start.

Use #SBDCDay to share on social media.


    SBDC Day was first observed in 2017. The House Committee on Small Business recognized the day in 2018.

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY – March 17th


    St. Patrick’s Day kicks off a worldwide celebration also known as the Feast of St. Patrick. On March 17th, many will wear green in honor of the Irish and decorate with shamrocks. According to lore, the wearing of the green tradition dates back to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726. St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and worn green clothing. And while the story is unlikely to be true, many will revel in the Irish heritage and eat traditional Irish fare, too. 

    In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated since before the country was formed. At times, the holiday has been a bit more of a rowdy one, with green beer, parades, and talk of leprechauns. However, in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day takes on a more solemn mood. It wasn’t until events in the United States broadcast in Ireland that some of the Yankee ways spread across the pond. One Irish-American tradition not common to Ireland is corned beef and cabbage

    HOW TO OBSERVE #StPatricksDay

    Remember to wear green. Read up about St. Patrick’s Day and cook up an Irish feast! Use #StPatricksDay to post on social media.

    Check out this delicious Reuben Casserole from #holidayfoodies. You won’t regret it!



    The Feast of St. Patrick started in the early 17th-century. The day marks the death of St. Patrick and was chosen as an official Christian feast day and is observed by the Catholic Church. The day is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.

    National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day - March 17


    On March 17th National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day coincides with St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.

    To corn something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing).

    Corned beef is a salt-cured beef product. Traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes used salt pork or a bacon joint instead of corned beef. However, sometime in the mid-1800s when the Irish immigrated to America, they found Jewish corned beef very similar in texture to the bacon joint (pork). As a result, they used corned beef as a replacement for the bacon when preparing corned beef and cabbage meals. Soon after, Irish-Americans began having Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.

    Corned beef and cabbage remains a popular food in many areas of the United States.

    In Ireland today, the serving of corned beef is geared toward tourist consumption.  Most Irish in Ireland do not identify it as native cuisine.

    • In the United States, corned beef is often purchased ready to eat in delicatessens.
    • Smoking corned beef and adding spice mixes produces a smoked meat such as pastrami.
    • Corned beef can also be found sold in minced forms and cans.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CornedBeefAndCabbageDay

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with one of the traditional dishes in the United States. Many restaurants across the U.S. will be serving it but you can make Corned Beef and Cabbage yourself, too. We even have a recipe for you to try. If you go out to celebrate, be sure to give the restaurant a shout-out. They’ll be glad that you did. 

    Try the following recipe, you will love it!:

    Crock-Pot Easy Corn Beef and Cabbage Recipe

    Use #CornedBeefAndCabbageDay to post on social media.


    While the original creator of this food holiday is lost to history, corned beef and cabbage has long been associated with the St. Pattrick’s Day celebration.

    On Deck for March 18, 2021

    March 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Luther Halsey Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte Gulick found the Camp Fire Girls.


    D. Appleton and Company publishes Human Nature by Edith Wharton.


    Warming up. Jackie Robinson takes the field for the first time for the Brooklyn Dodgers in an exhibition game in Daytona Beach, Florida.


    Israel elects Golda Meir as its first female prime minister.


    New York state elected David Paterson as its first African American Governor.

    Recipe of the Day

    Spicy Black Bean Soup with Coconut Avocado “Cream”

    Prep:  10 minutes
    Cook:  50 minutes
    Total Prep:   60 minutes
    Servings:  6-8


    Coconut Avocado “Cream”
    1 avocado
    1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
    1 tsp lime juice
    Pinch salt and pepper
    2 tbsp water
    ¼ tsp chopped cilantro (optional)

    Black Bean Soup:
    1 tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
    1 onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    225g mushrooms, sliced
    1 tsp cumin
    3 cans (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed well
    1 chipotle, finely chopped with 1 tsp adobo sauce (add more for a spicier soup)
    1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    1 14.5oz diced tomatoes
    3 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
    1 tsp lime juice
    salt and pepper, to taste


    Coconut Avocado “Cream”

    Combine all ingredients for the Coconut Avocado “Cream” in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and put in the fridge.

    Black Bean Soup:

    Heat oil on medium heat in a large stockpot.

    Add the onion and garlic and cook, occasionally stirring, until the onions are translucent.

    Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms have released their liquid and reduced in size, about 6 minutes.

    Stir in cumin and continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

    Add black beans, chipotle, adobo sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Add in lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

    Transfer about half the soup to a blender and puree.

    Combine the puree with the remaining soup.

    Serve immediately with a generous dollop of Coconut Avocado “Cream.”

    INSPIRATION FROM The Coconut Coalition of the Americas.

    March 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    Bobby Jones – 1902

    In 1934 the amateur golfer co-founded the Augusta National Invitation Tournament which is known today as the Masters Tournament.

    Nat King Cole – 1919

    The jazz recording artist, songwriter, and pianist left a legacy of hit songs in his wake and a career full of internationally loved songs. Some of his most notable songs include “The Very Thought of You,” “Unforgettable,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “Smile.”

    Myrlie Evers-Williams – 1933

    on June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers died at the hand of an assassin. For 31 years and through two hung juries, his wife and fellow civil rights activist Myrlie Evers Williams persevered. She remained active in civil rights, advanced her education, was named the first African American woman to serve as commissioner for the Los Angeles, California Board of Public works, and served as chairperson for the NAACP in the 1990s. In 1993, Byron De La Beckwith was found guilty.

    Robin Knox-Johnston – 1939

    The British yachtsman became the first person to solo circumnavigate the globe non-stop. The 29-year-old Robin Knox Johnston departed from Falmouth, England, on June 14, 1968, in his yacht the Suhaili. His journey took 312 days and was completed on April 22, 1969. Queen Elizabeth knighted Johnston in 1995. In 2007, Sir Johnston once again circled the globe when he joined the Velux 5 Oceans around the world solo yacht race. At the age of 68, he became the oldest person to complete the journey.

    Gary Sinise – 1955

    The American actor, known for roles in television and film such as CSI: NY, Apollo 13, The Green Mile, and The Stand, also leads The Lt. Dan Band named after his Forest Gump character. Throughout his career, Sinise has been a fierce supporter of the military and first responders. In 2011, he founded The Gary Sinise Foundation to further support our country’s heroes.

    Mia Hamm – 1970

    The American professional soccer player was a member of the United States women’s national soccer team for 17 years earning two FIFA Women’s World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.

    Notable Mentions

    Norbert Rillieux – 1806
    Paul Green – 1894
    Kurt Russell – 1951
    Rob Lowe – 1964

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