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60% of the US workforce, and 44% of anyone's given paycheck comes from a small business. There are millions of them all across the US. And every year, the SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) and many others participate in an annual event known as National Small Business Week. This year it's May 4th - 8th. They are traveling to a few key cities all across the US, meeting openly with entrepreneurs of all sorts, handing out trophies for various achievements, and giving sage advice and spiriting growing communities together, all in the name of celebrating small businesses.
Of course if you can't make the events, they are also hosting Webinars.
This is a good time of year for small business owners (or aspiring ones like myself) to find like minded people in your community, for networking or for just getting a dialog going about whatever hurdle you are up against. Creating a business from scratch is very tough, and it can feel like an uphill battle every single day. Good to know you aren't the only one that's had headaches, and also even better to know that people that have gone through exactly what you have could just give you the right tip or advice to make your journey easier. I know I have benefited from just simply reaching out.
So celebrate Small Business Week by reaching out to fellow smaller businesses in the area, check out what SBA has going for the week, or just google info about small businesses in general, as this week is a great week to get a lot of editorials focusing on the subject with the national recognization and all. I leave with this article, that I found quite helpful: How an annual plan can help your small business grow.