National Small Business Week

Have you hugged a small business owner today? This week is National Small Business Week, and we are happy to celebrate!

Hugging business aside, this week is designed to celebrate an essential part of our economy: the small business. We recognize the integral role that small businesses play in our economy’s stability and growth. We’re also committed to fostering the growth of new small businesses, as evidenced in our partnership with ITEN (more information on that can be found here.)

From the National Small Business Week website:

“Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes this special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2010, National Small Business Week will honor the estimated 27.2 million small businesses in America. Small businesses are major contributors to the strength of the American economy. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. They also create 60-80 percent of new jobs in the country. Small businesses drive innovation, create 21st century jobs and increase U.S. competitiveness.”

Since we moved downtown, our employees have found even more small businesses to frequent – I encourage you to take a look at your nearby small businesses and consider using their services. Small businesses help cultivate our economy, and we can’t wait to see how they shape the future.

What are a few of your favorite St. Louis small businesses? Leave us a note in the comments.


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