This week, April 30 to May 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized small businesses across the country with National Small Business Week. 

According to its website, "every year since 1963 SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week." 

"More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year," the SBA says on its website. "As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness."

Of course, SMBs are also an important customer for cloud service providers. Here are three must-reads on cloud and small business: 

1. SaaS Keeps SMBs and Solopreneurs from Falling Behind in Cloud

With the rise of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and other public customer cloud platforms as well as B2B SaaS applications and more, even the solopreneurs among us can tap on-demand, online software. Read more. 

2. Gallery: 7 Factors SMBs Must Consider When Selecting Cloud Storage

Aside from security, what are other considerations SMBs make when selecting a cloud storage provider? Click through the slideshow to find out. 

3. The Doyle Report: Channel Foot-Dragging Impedes SMB Adoption of Cloud Services

Many SMBs feel “overwhelmed” by the sheer number of choices facing them. Not surprisingly, 73 percent of SMBs say “they need help understanding all of the options,” according to a recent report commissioned by AppDirect.