May Promotion and Online Marketing Ideas for Small Business

Looking for some online marketing ideas for your small business for May?

Use these ideas for May promotions and social media posts as different ways to market your business

  • Offer free seminar for employees at a local public service office
  • Graduation party yard prep/cleanup
  • Charity bike ride
  • Gluten-free recipes
  • Graduation gift guide
  • Teacher appreciation day – May 2
  • Cindo de May – May 5
  • Mother’s Day – 2nd Sunday in May
  • Memorial Day – 4th Monday in May
more below…

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 Some more online marketing ideas for small business:

Small Business Week

(Note this event was postponed in 2020 to September due to the pandemic and could be postponed again in future years).

#smallbusinessweek #nsbw

the first week of May is National Small Business Week. What are you going to post on social media?

  • Offer a seminar or workshop for small business owners
  • Reveal a different 1-day deal each day
  • Attend networking events, post photos and updates
  • Participate in an expo or trade show

Week-long recognition:

  • Nurse’s Week – first full week of month
  • Wildflower Week – week two
  • National Bike Week – third week
  • National Police Week – third week of month
  • Emergency Medical Services Week – fourth week of month


  • Date Your Mate Month
  • Foster Care Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Blood Pressure Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Photograph Month
  • National Salad Month
  • Older Americans Month


  • ALS Awareness
  • Asthma Awareness
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Clean Air Month
  • Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Salad Month
  • National Photograph Month
  • Gifts from the Garden Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Military Family Appreciation Month


TBD (Typically May 1) – Red Nose Day
May 1 – May Day
May 1 – Mother Goose Day
May 1 – Kentucky Derby
May 4 – Thank A Teacher Day
May 4 – Star Wars Day
May 4 – International Firefighters Day
May 4 – National Teacher’s Day
May 5 – Cinco De Mayo
May 6 – National Nurses Day
May 7 – World Password Day
May 7 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day
May 8 – World Fair Trade Day
May 8 – World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
May 09 – Mother’s Day
May 11 – Eat What You Want Day
May 12 – National Receptionists Day
May 15 – Armed Forces Day
May 15 – National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16 – Love a Tree Day
May 17-23 – PGA Championship
May 21 – National Bike to Work Day
May 21 – NASCAR Day
May 20 – Be a Millionaire Day
May 23-Jun 6 – French Open
May 24 – Victoria Day (Canada)
May 25 – Geek Pride Day
May 25 – National Wine Day
May 26 – Sally Ride Day
May 28-31 – Indianapolis 500
May 31 – Memorial Day
May 31 – World No-Tobacco Day

More ideas to market your business

Virtual Marketing Brainstorming Sessions

Join us each month as we use these ideas to plan for NEXT month.

Casual networking and brainstorming to generate ideas for your online marketing, social media and promotions.

3rd Monday of every month 

VIRTUAL means you can join in your PJs if you want 😉

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