As the season for giving arrives in full force this week, it's a good time to remember that some very big things come in small packages.

As the season for giving arrives in full force this week, it's a good time to remember that some very big things come in small packages.

Small business, for example, is a huge driver of local economies, creating 8 million jobs nationwide since 1990. To help bestow very big honors on the best small businesses and their leaders, submit nominations by Jan. 10 to the federal Small Business Administration for its 2017 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year.

To help small business grow, applications are being accepted for the Entrepreneur Exchange® Program developed by Westerville-based Your Management Team® and funded by the SBA's ScaleUp America program. The grant-funded 7-month program valued at $9,400 per participant is for entities in business two years, with revenue between $150,000 and $500,000 and interested in hiring employees. Applications will be accepted until 30 small business owners are selected to start the program in February.

So what if your small business hasn't even launched yet? There's help for that, too. Start Me Up is another in the series of Leadership for Small Business quarterly programs presented by the Columbus Chamber, Chase and Propel Marketing/Dispatch Media Group. The Dec. 7 breakfast program at Red Brick Occasions will offer tips from business consultants to help avoid common mistakes new business owners often make.

Looking to support local small business? American Express continues to sponsor Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with an online tool to help find small businesses in your neighborhood.

Of course, running a successful small business also means paying taxes. Be thankful that the Manufacturers' Education Council will be offering its 26th Annual Ohio Tax Conference Jan. 24-25 at the Hyatt Regency.

Small or large-nonprofits looking to develop sustainable social enterprises have until Wednesday to apply for SE Catalyst, an eight-month intensive training program offered for the second time by the Center for Social Enterprise Development.