Papa John’s Founder to speak at National Small Business Week event

Papa JohnWASHINGTON, D.C. – Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and CEO John Schnatter will lead a panel discussion on May 15 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Washington, D.C. leg of National Small Business Week hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

During the panel discussion, Schnatter will discuss entrepreneurship, running a business in a competitive marketplace, and the challenges of starting and growing a business.

In 1984, Schnatter opened his first Papa John’s restaurant and the company has been going strong ever since.  Today, Papa John’s is a recognized restaurant leader with more than 4,400 restaurants in all 50 states and 35 countries.

Every year since 1963, the SBA salutes outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S territories during National Small Business Week. This year, in addition to other SBA regional and local small business week events being held around the country, the cities of: Boston, San Francisco, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. are hosting national events the week of May 12-16.

The Washington D.C. event scheduled for May 15-16 will also feature entrepreneurship workshops, panel discussions, award ceremonies and business matchmaking sessions for small businesses to market their goods and services to federal agencies and prime contractors.

For more information on the national events please  Sessions will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at

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