National Small Business Week is a movement happening in every state throughout the county that is recognizing the idea of “Dream Big, Start Small”. Benton County is joining the movement by celebrating the entrepreneurship, risk-taking, diversity, and innovation that is taking place in our community that makes contributions to our local, state and national prosperity. Small businesses are a vital piece to the engine that keeps our Benton County moving forward. Each of these small businesses started with an idea and a passion for a product or service by an entrepreneur who morphed that passion into a vision. They turned that vision into a lifelong goal of creating a career for themselves, their family and their community.
As our economy continues to blossom, it is important for all to remember that small businesses are the backbone of our local success. Our small businesses include: our clinics, care centers and hospital who provide care; manufacturing organizations producing products for our global economy; our eCommerce and customer care organizations who provide the highest quality services globally; our personal care service professionals who assure we look and feel great; our restaurants and grocery stores who help feed world; and this is just to name a few. It is our local entrepreneurs who continually assess and consider how they bring their vision to life, how to create opportunities for our community, how to create new jobs. Each small business owner is faced with changes that create both challenges and opportunities. Each business owner face business owner faces these challenges by taking risk and making investments. With the advancement in technology, our small business owners are forced to think, market and provide globally.
We will utilize this week to build awareness around the value small businesses provide to our community. We challenge all to: remember that we have a strong local and state economy because of our entrepreneurs, employee and customers who have shown dedication and loyalty to our small businesses; remember why our small businesses exist; and remember why you choose to support a small business.
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.