Celebrated during May 1st through the 7th, National Small Business 2016 will be the 53rd observance of this event. Find resources and free downloadable materials at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/media
"Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories." See more at the SBA social media guide here.
For me, being a small business owner is so much more than "just" a job or position. It's something which cannot be purchased because while the acquiring of a retail shop or restaurant does involve changing of ownership and funds, you can't buy that character; years of connections and sense of community. You can't fake it if you don't genuinely care about what you do because people will see right through you. And it's often not something one does in an effort to get rich quick or build up enormous wealth rapidly; while that is undoubtedly a benefit and goal, it's not always the most important aspect of being the proprietor or owner.
What it's like to be a small business owner?
• It's that familiar sensation which sweeps over you during the night, as an idea comes to you and you feel that excitement about a new direction or possible dream;
• It's what makes you turn on the light and reach for a pen to jot down your vision of things to come;
• It's being able to reassure a loyal customer that they are in good hands and that you have their best interest at heart;
• It's that excitement you feel upon waking up, ready to get moving early and head into work to launch your day because you can't wait to share it with the world;
• It's a feeling of grateful happiness as you see your loyal customers stream into your shop because you offer them the best possible selection and service;
•It's the smiles of favorite customers as they find what they need with you, that you can provide a service, item or something that serves a special niche;
• It's knowing that you are a part of something more than just profit, larger than your storefront with roots deeper than most people will ever dream of.
"Responsible for creating nearly two-thirds of net new jobs in the United States each year and employing more than half of all Americans, small businesses have always been a vital part of our country's economy.
As outlets for creativity and ingenuity, small businesses do more than create jobs and foster growth -- they represent the spirit that has always driven our Nation forward. Throughout National Small Business Week, we celebrate the irreplaceable role these enterprises play in our national life by pledging to support them and equip them with the tools and resources they need to succeed."
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