This year, National Small Business Week, originally scheduled for May 3 – May 9, 2020, has been postponed according to the Small Business Association. New dates to be announced soon.
Each year since 2009, Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped celebrate small business owners & entrepreneurs all over the United States during National Small Business week. For the last 50 years, it has been used as a way to recognize small businesses for their amazing contribution to the American economy.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is an estimated 7.7 million business establishments, employing 127 million people. Small businesses employ around 59 million workers, more than one-third of our country’s labor force. Additionally, there are 21.5 million individual proprietorships nationwide.
In our current climate, with so many small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19, celebrating small business and entrepreneurs is more important than ever. So this year, as we await new dates from SBA, we recommend all Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs to use the week of May 3-9 to still honor our fellow local small businesses.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate a local business:
- Recommend Other Small Businesses: Small businesses are an important aspect to any community, as they drive growth and job creation. We recommend picking one small local businesses in your community – at least one small business a day during this week – to honor. Use your Social Media, Newsletters or website to share the great work they are doing in your community. As a reminder, recommendations for any business is a blessing!
- Offer your services as pro-bono to a Small Business: During these unprecedented times, so many small businesses are struggling to find resources, funds and information to avoid going out of business. Offering your services, such as website creation, marketing, SEO, legal services, to at least one or two local small businesses will go a long way.
- Donate to a Small-Business focused Charity or Organization: Donating time or money to an organization focused on helping small businesses is a great way to help your fellow small businesses. There are many to choose from, such as SCORE or Liftfund.
- ShopSmall: While there is great convenience from using larger organizations to avoid leaving the house during the stay-at-home order, supporting your local restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies and other local small businesses would greatly help keep many in business. Add a local small business to shop from during your daily-weekly-monthly errand runs. If you have to go out, it might as well be to help a great cause.