Last week was National Small Business Week. As the SBA describes, “Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. 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.”
Here in Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper officially recognized the week as Small Business Week in the state. Here are some of the highlights from the proclamation:
- Small business helps to foster innovation, redefine excellence, and create new pathways towards prosperity
- The nearly 600,000 small businesses in our state drive our economy and are an important component of our long-term success and vitality
- Small businesses provide for almost one million jobs in Colorado, or 98% of our state’s total private workforce
- Small business owners should be commended for their contributions to our state’s prosperity and for reflecting the true entrepreneurial spirit of Colorado
Small Business Week and Small Business Saturday help to educate people about the importance of spending money in their local communities. At Marketing Java, we recognize that small businesses bring vibrancy to our communities and know that small business owners face many challenges in order to make that contribution. If you’d like to know the stories of some awesome Colorado entrepreneurs and learn about their triumphs and tribulations, check out our Strong Brewed Business Insight posts. Hopefully, their stories provide a new perspective and another reason to #ShopSmall.