Get out the noise makers. Put on your party hats. Order a cake. It’s time to celebrate the backbone of our economy, the small business.
Small Business Week 2017, April 30 through May 6, is a celebration of small businesses across the country. Small businesses mean jobs, dollars and economic growth.
Across the U.S., more than one-half of Americans own or work for a small business. And the small businesses create two out of every three jobs each year.
These numbers, though, only represent a portion of what the small business means in many of our communities. Small-business owners support local events and causes. The owners and employees are the workers at many of these events.
You also will find small-business owners serving in elected positions and on voluntary boards and committees.
And their contributions go on. They bring us needed goods and services to our communities. Instead of us having to travel long distances, we can instead stop in our local store for what we need. And if they don’t have it, they often can get it quickly.
Starting a business is a dream of many. Small businesses can mean big things for an individual and his or her family. It also can mean big things for the community and our country.
So get that cake and invite your small-business owners to a party. Thank them for what they do. Share their story through the news and online. It’s a story that needs to be shared.
Let me close with offering my thanks to our small-business owners.
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Glenn Muske is an independent expert on rural small business, working as GM Consulting – Your partner in achieving small business success. He provides consulting, and writes articles for county extension agents and newspapers across North Dakota. Previously, he was the Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist at the North Dakota State University Extension Service – Center for Community Vitality.