This week entrepreneurs, legislators and shoppers have been supporting local businesses as part of National Small Business Week.
First declared by President John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1963, the week is designed to celebrate and support the many individuals who, through their hard work and determination, are the backbone of our local and national economy.
In fact, the Better Business Bureau estimates small businesses create 60 to 80 percent of all the new jobs in the U.S., and that over half of Americans either own or work for a small business!
As much as our local businesses count on us to support them by shopping local, we look to them to provide many of the products and services we rely on. Which is why we want to take this opportunity to say Thank You to:
- the builders and suppliers who keep our homes and businesses safe and secure;
- the store and shop owners who give us that extra attention;
- the restaurants, lunch places and coffee shops that know our names and our order
- as well as all of the other local establishments on which we, as both business people and residents have come to count on!
While Small Business Week ends today, we encourage everyone to continue to make a difference by shopping local everyday.
Have a favorite small business? Share your favorite place (or places) to shop by leaving a comment on this post.