Celebrate National Small Business Week

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National Small Business Week began April 30 and continues through May 6.

U.S. Small Business administration Administrator Linda McMahon started the week in Washington, D.C., where she recognized and awarded outstanding small business owners from around the country. She will then continue the week with small business events in New York City, Indianapolis and Dallas, and finish up in Fresno, Calif. Additionally, recognition and educational events throughout SBA’s 10 regions and 68 districts will be held throughout the week.

Every year since 1963, SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.

More details are posted on www.sba.gov/NSBW.

My own perspective on small business

National Small Business Week is being held April 30 to May 6.  

Unless you’ve owned a small business, it is difficult to understand the complexities of serving the public while staying abreast of new government regulations. Every business is different, but all small businesses must comply with government rules and stay up to date on different ways to please present clientele and market one’s product or service to individuals new to your business.

No business faces more challenges than small retailers today. With the onset of online shopping, local small businesses must be constantly aware of their own personal touch that maintains their loyal old-time clients and succeeds in adding young modern clients to their revenue-producing list.

There’s always something new on the market, whether it’s a gizmo to reach those cobwebs in the high corners of your living room, or a newfangled bra that extends the bulk in your upper chest, you can find it online. But, you can find both locally at a small business.

And returns are probably less stressful. You know Joe and Jane at the hardware store, and Melissa, the lady who owns that little boutique just three miles from home; you know they will do everything they can to make your shopping experience more enjoyable. They want to see you back again and again.

It is not a myth: Small businesses create the largest business tax base in the country. They pay more than their fair share. Their very survival is critical to a flourishing economy.

From the bakery on the corner that bakes your gluten-free cupcakes in small batches, to that weekly community newspaper that brings you news you can’t find anywhere else at a very reasonable price, small businesses are here in your hometown for a reason: to serve their neighbors and friends.

As Mr. Rogers always said: “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

That’s the story of Small Business USA. Celebrate: Eat, shop, buy, subscribe and save locally.