Personally, we think small businesses should be celebrated every week of the year. (And we make sure to do so.) But in 1963, President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation of National Small Business Week.
Last week, June 17 – 21, President Barack Obama continued the tradition and announced the 50th National Small Business Week.
You may not know how much small businesses matter. So, what are the important roles they play in our economy? I’ll tell you:
- There are more than 28 million small businesses in America
- They outnumber corporations 1162 to 1
- More than half of all Americans either own or work for one
- They generate about two out of every three private sector jobs
- They pay 44% of the U.S. payroll
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) takes this week to support and recognize all of these amazing businesses and entrepreneurs. Each year they name an outstanding entrepreneur the National Small Business Person of the Year. This year, it was John Stonecipher, the CEO and President of Guidance Aviation, a premier flight school that he founded in 1998.
Some of the most important takeaways from this past week were the amazing tools, seminars and resources for small businesses. It’s impossible to be an expert on all the facets that go with owning and operating a small business. Luckily, the SBA has gathered some of the best and brightest tips and articles to help you.
If you missed Small Business Week, don’t worry. Many of the seminars are recorded and saved on the National Small Business Week website.
We are so excited about all the help and resources available for small businesses. We hope to help build our resource-base and marketing expertise for family businesses and small businesses alike!
By Anna Gonzalez
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