National Small Business Week 2011

May 20th, 2011 by | Print

Did you know that today is the last day of National Small Business Week 2011? Did you miss out on participating in the week’s events? Did you feel celebrated and honored as a solopreneur and small business owner?

According to the Small Business Administration, this week is to honor the roughly 27.2 million small businesses here in the US. They list the following favorable facts about small businesses:

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.
Small businesses “create 60-80 percent of new jobs in the country.
Small businesses drive innovation, create 21st century jobs and increase US competitiveness.

These statements sound like the perfect qualification for a cure to what currently ills our nation. However, how many solopreneurs and small business owners are feeling the love?

I’m not a pessimist, so please don’t take the following questions for anything other than an opportunity to identify wasted potential so those in decision-making roles can start to make healthier choices. For those in charge of this week’s celebration, I have a few questions ….

Why does National Small Business Week receive less media attention than a presidential beer summit?

How many small business owners were aware of this week’s events?

Have you considered a more inclusive event that allows solopreneurs and small business owners who cannot attend the event in person an opportunity to still interact and participate? Yes, I know you have links to SCORE and SBDC and some online training, but what about the option to attend the event virtually?

What are you doing currently to assist banks in servicing the needs of small businesses better?

The most important question is, “Why are small businesses honored for one week only?”

All the Best,

Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide

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