In honor of National Small Business Week, we’re celebrating the unique and enterprising spirit of entrepreneurs who contribute to our communities. Created by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) over 50 years ago, the event is co-hosted by SCORE and shines a spotlight on the innovation and hard work that goes into building a successful small business. It’s crucial for the success of our economy that we champion small businesses and recognize the important role they play in our society. By supporting local, we are not only investing in our communities, but we are also helping to create a better future for ourselves and generations to come.
Spread The Word
In this digital age, social media has become an important tool for connecting people and spreading awareness about the causes that matter most. As community leaders, you can use your social media platforms to spread positivity by giving shoutouts to small business owners and highlighting the important contributions they’re making in their communities. A simple post or tweet can go a long way in showing appreciation for local entrepreneurs and encouraging others to do the same. Don’t miss the chance to give entrepreneurs the recognition they deserve. Show your commitment by using hashtags like #SmallBusinessWeek and #SmallBizSuccess.
Opening a small business is more than just a job–it’s a passion. As you reflect on what keeps the businesses in your community growing, give thanks to those who work tirelessly to make it possible. Take a moment to step back and express heartfelt gratitude to business owners and entrepreneurs. Consider writing a personal thank you note, sending a sincere email, or posting a thoughtful message on social media. One of the most important things you can do to give thanks is commit to shopping small and local. Use hashtags #ShopLocal, #ShopSmall and #BuyLocal alongside your purchases to help promote your favorite community business.
Nominate for Awards
Recognizing successful business owners is a wonderful way to celebrate their hard work and dedication. Prestigious awards such as the Small Business Person of the Year Award, Small Business Exporter of the Year Award, and Women’s Business Center of the Year Excellence Award showcase exceptional achievements in the world of entrepreneurship. Nominating your community’s business owners for these accolades acknowledges the significant impact they make and inspires others to strive for excellence. For your entry to be considered, make sure your nomination is submitted by the end of December each year.
Invest and Connect
Investing in education for your business leaders is a smart move that pays off in the long run. Instead of textbooks and lectures, consider revolutionizing your approach by offering modern, accessible digital resources like webinars.
And don’t overlook the power of mentorship. Experienced mentors provide invaluable advice and guidance to entrepreneurs who are just starting out or looking to grow their business. By connecting local business owners with mentors, more entrepreneurs can get the support they need to succeed.
Creating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs is another key to their success. Networking events provide a space for business owners to connect and share ideas and experiences that can help them take their businesses to the next level. Explore our network and learn more from our affiliates with over 70 community calendars of events here.
Continue the Support
Imagine a world where every entrepreneur has access to the support they need, every day. It’s possible, and it starts with community leaders. Let’s make it our mission to lift up entrepreneurs, not just for one week, but every week. Together, we can create a thriving community of small business owners who are changing the world.
At SourceLink, we know that small businesses are not only the backbone of our economy but essential to the growth and development of our communities. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to show how you are celebrating National Small Business Week!