Small Business Month Recap
June 1, 2015
For 52 years, the President of the United States has declared a one week celebration of Small Businesses. For 2015, May 4 through May 8 was recognized as National Small Business Week, and May is nationally recognized as Small Business Month. Each May, the Chamber celebrates Small Businesses, collecting nominations from our public, recognizing the Small Businesses in Calhoun County who surpass standards and lead in innovation, community involvement and more.
For 2015, the Chamber kicked off the month with our Annual Small Business Gala, honoring 14 area small businesses: Abbey Carpet & Floor, Artisanal Baked Goods, Cheaha Brewing Company, Cheaha Women’s Health & Wellness, Freestyle Graphix, Java Jolt Coffeehouse, Mad Hatter Cupcake Shop, Moore Printing Company, Posche Salon, Rock 105.9 WKLS, Sarah Cavender Metal Works, Signature In-Home Care, Inc., Simmons Staffing, and Tyson Fine Wines & Things.
May 29, the Chamber hosted a Breakfast of Champions for our membership, featuring Small Business of the Year winners: Cheaha Women’s Health & Wellness, Signature In-Home Care, ERA King Real Estate, and Christian Corner Meats. All these panelists accredited their success to “community,” “family,” “personalized services,” and their “employees.” Also, their biggest advice for businesses starting out was “know it’s hard work,” “get involved,” “bring something different,” and utilize resources like the “entrepreneurial center, incubator.”
There are more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S., which are defined by having less than 500 employees, yet employ more than 50 percent of the U.S. working populations. Since 1995, small businesses have generated more than 65 percent of new jobs. Small Business have a huge economic impact and fuel job growth in each community. Small Businesses are more likely to contribute to area organizations. Think of the little league sponsors or the businesses that buy ads in the football program.
This summer, make a point to shop local, shop small. These businesses support our communities, our neighbors, our family, our friends. Happy Small Business Month from Your Chamber of Commerce!