It’s National Small Business Week!
National Small Business Week is an annual national recognition event to honor the United States’ top entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of the National Small Business Week (April 30 – May 6, 2017), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honors small business owners and entrepreneurs from all over the country.
According to the official website, “National Small Business Week honors the innovators who take a risk on an idea, invest in their communities and create jobs. Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, they make our neighborhoods vibrant places to live and work and fuel our nation’s economic strength.” In fact, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
Not only do small businesses bring growth to their community, local businesses owners truly know their customers. They are passionate about their neighborhood and want to see it survive and thrive. So, this week we celebrate the more than 28 million small business that keep the U.S. running.
Besides celebrating, the main goal of this event is to educate and inform (future) small business owners about the resources that are available to them. The SBA’s website provides a lot of free information for entrepreneurs and small businesses. It’s got business plan guides for startup owners and information on how to obtain loans or qualify for government contracts.
“Every year since 1963 the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing that the country should honor and recognize National Small Business Week,” Stephen Morris, Online Media Coordinator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
This year, President Donald Trump heralded the beginning of National Small Business Week with the following statement: “During Small Business Week, we celebrate our Nation’s small business owners, whose entrepreneurship and hard work bring jobs and prosperity to our communities. Small business owners embody the American pioneering spirit and remind us that determination can turn aspiration into achievement. This week, we affirm our commitment to removing government barriers to the success of American small businesses.”
Awards will be presented in 14 categories, but the most prestige award is the National Small Business Person of the Year, selected from the 54 State Small Business Persons of the Year. If you are curious about the honoured small business owners, here is the 2017 Awards Guide.
How Can You Get Involved?
Whether you own a small business, work for one, or you just love supporting them, there are many ways to celebrate National Small Business Week:
Expand Your Skillset
Throughout this week, the SBA is hosting free webinars to help you learn new skills and increase your impact as a professional. Today, you can learn all about the U.S. economy and its impact on small businesses. The rest of this week they will be discussing how to grow your business, the future of small business innovation and how to become a local business champion.
You can register for the webinars here.
Spread the Word
Show your support for small businesses by getting the word out about National Small Business Week. Share a post on social media, dedicate a blog post (like we did!), or send out a special email. If you are a small business owner yourself, share your entrepreneurial story with the world – educate and inspire people!
Show Your Appreciation
Most importantly, celebrate the people who keep your business going every single day. Maybe you have a world class team or an extremely loyal customer base; take a moment to show your appreciation. You can write a thank you note, send out an email to your supporters or deliver a good old fashioned face-to-face thank you.
Happy Small Business Week – and a shoutout to all our customers who help small businesses grow and succeed!