RALEIGH (April 26, 2017)
As we enjoy the spring, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is encouraging North Carolinians to celebrate their local small businesses. National Small Business Week is April 30 - May 6, 2017. #DreamSmallBiz.
“Randolph County is home for over 2,500 small businesses, and the people that own and work within these organizations are the nucleus of our local economy,” said Web Grubb, Randolph Community College’s Small Business Center director. “Having a week to officially recognize these people and their businesses is so special and everyone should join in by thanking these folks. I would say find them and shake their hand but I believe they would tell you to come by their place and shop!”
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Grubb noted that both Asheboro and Archdale have officially declared National Small Business Week in their cities.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create approximately two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of new jobs since 1995.
National Small Business Week is an opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to join us in celebrating these businesses and use the power of your dollar to support them and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.
The mission of the North Carolina Community Colleges SBCN is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assisted in starting more than 880 businesses in 2015-2016. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all North Carolina counties each year including helping to create and retain over 2,895 jobs in 2015-2016.