Did you know that National Small Business Week is being celebrated April 29th to May 5th? This has been an annual event since 1963 when President John F. Kennedy issued a proclamation to honor the nation's small businesses. During this week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) calls attention to the crucial contributions made by small businesses across the country, including all 50 states and U.S. territories. If you're an entrepreneur, small business owner, or anyone whose life has been impacted by small business, it's a good idea to celebrate this time of year and make the most of it.
Why Small Business Week?
Small Business Week has a long history and the SBA, which dates back to 1953, even longer. Small businesses have always played a crucial role in the American economy. Today, this is truer than ever before. Consider these facts:
Aside from their vast contributions to the economy, small businesses have always been part of the social fabric of America. If you don't own your own business, chances are you're close to someone who does. Without a doubt, small businesses contribute to your well-being in ways both large and small. Small Business Week is a way to honor and celebrate these enterprises and acknowledge how important they are.
Tips to Celebrate Small Business Week
In a press release, the SBA announced activities planned for Small Business Week 2018. SBA head Linda McMahon will be traveling around the country meeting with small business owners and participate in roundtable discussions. Whether or not you get a chance to attend any of these events, there are many things you can do to celebrate Small Business Week in your own community.
- Attend or organize an event. See if there are any events in your area related to Small Business Week. If not, organize your own. Partner with other small businesses in your area. Work with your Chamber of Commerce. Create your own MeetUp.
- Create your own promotion. Offer your customers a special for the week. This helps both you and your customers while drawing attention to small businesses everywhere.
- Give your employees a reward. Have a party or take everyone out for a celebratory dinner.
- Commit to learning and growing in the coming year. Read books, keep up with informative blogs, videos, and podcasts in your industry. Look for events such as trade shows or seminars that will help make new contacts and keep up with the latest trends.
- Update your website. Every small business needs a user-friendly, optimized website. If you still haven't created one, now's the perfect time to start one. If you already have a site, look at areas where it could use improving. Start or update your blog.
- If you haven't yet started a business, resolve to take the necessary steps to make your dream come true. If you feel overwhelmed, break it down into manageable tasks.
Small Business Week is a chance for you to reflect on the impact small businesses have on the entire nation. It's also a time to look at your own goals and identify ways to grow, improve (or start) your own small business.
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