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Small Business Week

Updated on May 2, 2016

Celebrate Small Business Week

The week of May 4 through May 8 is National Small Business Week. I was always made aware of recognizing the small business person as a child, as I remember visiting my Grandfather’s store, Goldfine Jewelers on Main Street in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. My other Grandfather, also had a retail shop of his own in Providence, Rhode Island at one point. He was kind of a pioneer as an early re-seller of electronics, however this was before my time. I can recall both of my parents discussing with me the importance of supporting “Main Street” businesses and recognizing the extra value that they always seemed to bring to their customers.

During the process of researching this blog topic, I learned that this is the 52nd year in a row that the president of the United States has declared one week per year the official celebration of the Main Street entrepreneur and is formally organized by the Small Business Administration.

“National Small Business Week is a chance to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and renew our commitment to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that is central to the American experience,” says SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, in a statement.

As I read through the various articles and press releases on line, I really felt a sense of pride as I start my own Small Business, that happens to be designed to support and promote success within it’s own community.

All sorts of activities are planned across the country to recognize and support Small Businesses. I suggest visiting, #DreamSmallBiz, to learn more about what is available and happening in your area. Below, I have bulleted out a few facts the that SBA are publicizing in recognition of National Small Business Week.

  • The 5 year survival rate for #smallbiz is currently at its highest rate since 1994 at 51% (biz created in 2010) #DreamSmallBiz
  • Did you know 67% of all job growth between 2009 and 2015 were created by #smallbiz? Happy National Small Business Week! #DreamSmallBiz
  • Thank you to the 28million small businesses that are the backbone of our economy! #DreamSmallBiz
  • Small businesses create 2 out of every 3 net new jobs. Show your support this Nat’l #SmallBiz Week! #DreamSmallBiz


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