[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s National Small Business Week!
This week, May 20-26, we celebrate the 27 million mom-and-pop operations (and others with up to 500 employees, which the federal government classifies as small businesses) across the U.S. National Small Business Week aims to empower small businesses by recognizing their importance and economic impact on the local and national levels.
On Monday, the White House issued a National Small Business Week proclamation celebrating the achievements of American small businesses, calling them the “backbone of our economy.”
“As we observe National Small Business Week, I want to take this opportunity to commend my fellow small business owner colleagues and friends who chose the ‘road less traveled,’ and took the risk to go out on their own with a dream to ‘make a difference!’ It’s one of the most difficult, yet gratifying things an enterprising individual(s) can do. Most, if not all of the entrepreneurs that we know and work with more than define the popular phrase, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going!’ Let’s take a moment to celebrate our victories this past year, albeit small, medium or large, while knowing that we matter, we count and we are making a difference in turning this economy around!”
Debbie Israel, APR, PROFIT Communications
President / PR & Marketing Consultant
The lynchpin of National Small Business Week is a three-day conference, held in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Small Business Association. At the networking and educational event, the top entrepreneurs are recognized and celebrated, nominated by their peers and customers. The SBA began soliciting nominations for 2012’s best small businesses back in October.
We encourage you to nominate your favorite small business for recognition in 2013, check the SBA website this fall. In the meantime, please continue patronizing your local mom-and-pop shops and organizations. Together we can keep our economy fueled up.