Each year since 1963, the U.S. President has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, that week falls on May 12-16.
Small Business Week helps us make a conscious effort to stop and thank the small businesses in our communities for everything they do. For example:
- More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.
- They create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
- Small businesses (defined by the Chamber as fewer than 100 employees) account for 88% of our membership base.
- More than 44% of Chamber member businesses have fewer than 10 employees.
We know that being an entrepreneur and/or small business owner is not easy. It is often filled with long days, small paychecks, and few “thank yous.” But we want you to know that we appreciate you. Our community and country would not be what it is without your dedication and hard work.
So whether you run a restaurant, a salon, a tech start-up, or any of the countless other small businesses, we thank you and we love you! Happy Small Business Week!