Sunday, April 30 begins National Small Business Week, established by the Small Business Administration. It ends Friday, May 5.
SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will have a live Facebook conference on Tuesday. The other four weekdays events will be held in Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno CA.
Here is a link to highlights of NSBW in 2016.
Small businesses, moreso than large corporations, are the backbone of our free enterprise system. All the major American corporations started out as small businesses, by either an individual or a group of individuals. They are the primary source for both innovation and job growth in today’s economy. Locally based small businesses are also less likely to bolt ship and relocate. Here is what the SBA has to say about this:
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. 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. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.
I work at a small business. Manufacturing facility that employs about 140 people. I am glad I work at a facility where I can see and talk to senior managment face-to-face. I am not just a name on a piece of a paper or a statistic. Not only is it small enough where this can exist, but it is also an independent business–employees are not beholden to the dictates of some executives (often out of town) who are not personally aware of the realities that exist and are too focused on cutting costs vs. personal relationships.
Federal and State policies that promote and assist small business develpment and grown is a major part of the America Renaissance of which I write. We need a rebirth towards this area of the free enterprise system and not being so beholden to the monopolistic tendencies that large companies often exhibit with their acquisitions.