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National Small Business Week

Business Ownership Will Close the Wealth Gap

Claudia Viek | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Claudia Viek

For National Small Business Week, l'd like to draw attention to the potential of business ownership to address the wealth gap in all of our communitie...

Missouri Siblings Named 2015 Small Business Persons of the Year

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 05.08.2016 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Like many towns in rural America, employment is scarce in Hamilton, Missouri. Following the market crash in 2008, when their father lost his retirement savings, Alan and Sarah started Missouri Star Quilt Company to help recover their parent's retirement savings.

National Small Business Week: A Reminder to Keep Entrepreneurs Top of Mind Year-Round

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

In 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed the first National Small Business Week to honor our nation's entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and hard work helped make our country great. For more than 50 years, we've carried on the tradition of celebrating small businesses, and for good reason.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

Celebrating Small Business Week

Patricia G. Greene | Posted 07.20.2014 | Small Business
Patricia G. Greene

Wearing the hats of Babson faculty member, Academic Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, and federally appointed member of the SBA's advisory board for the SBDC programs, this night just really worked.

Small Businesses and Economy on the Upswing, but Still Need a Hand

John Arensmeyer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Small businesses have played a huge part in pulling the economy back from the brink of the Great Recession. It's time for lawmakers to do their part, and pass smart policies that will not just help small employers survive, but thrive.

Will You Support Your Favorite Small Business?

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 07.13.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The bottom-line: America's small business community continues to play on an unfair and unequal field when contrasted with their corporate counterparts.

Five Essential Tips for Small Business Data Security

Guy Chiarello | Posted 05.13.2014 | Small Business
Guy Chiarello

While marketing and promotion strategies can accomplish the first two, are small businesses really doing enough to protect their customers' data and reassure them that their personal information is safe?

From Busy Moms To Business Partners: How We Started A Fashion Company On Facebook

Victoria Wise | Posted 07.11.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Wise

Our initial success was exciting, even though it meant a ton of work for us. Meredith and I, along with our husbands, worked through the night on auction days manually tracking orders and processing invoices. Our side project was becoming a 100-hour-a-week job as we were every facet of the company from photographer/model, shipping/receiving, AP/AR, buyers/stylists, customer service and the list goes on. It was imperative that we begin hiring our first staff, many of whom are still with us today.

Are You An Entrepreneur Or Small Business Owner? We Want You To Show Us Your World

Posted 05.23.2014 | Small Business

Small businesses may not make headlines as often as their big corporate counterparts, but their stories are the ones that truly encapsulate the Americ...

National Small Business Week: A Great 50th Birthday

John Arensmeyer | Posted 08.21.2013 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

As we celebrate small businesses this week, it's critical to reflect on their impact to our economy. Small firms account for half of private sector employment and have created two out of three net new jobs over the past couple decades.

Small Businesses: Uncle Sam's Calling on You

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 08.21.2013 | Small Business
Dr. Jill Biden

Small businesses play a critical role in helping our economy, but to stay competitive they need access to a motivated, flexible and skilled workforce.

It's Small Business Week! Here's 5 Ways To Show Your Support

Forbes | Ty Kiisel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Small Business

Forbes Since 1963 when President John F. Kenney first officially introduced Small Business Week, every president has signed the proclamation to rec...

No Economic Recovery Without Small Business Recovery

Lynda Bekore | Posted 08.17.2013 | Small Business
Lynda Bekore

To share in the wealth, we all have to share in the responsibility of speaking out when government help turns into government obstacles. We have to make sure our elected representatives know why we object and what results we expect, because small business growth is good for everyone.

5 Things I Learned At National Small Business Week

The Huffington Post | Rieva Lesonsky | Posted 06.01.2012 | Small Business

Every year since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy first made it official, the Small Business Administration has saluted the nation’s top busines...

Small Business Marketing: Grow Your Business the Easy Way -- Engage!

Gail Goodman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Small Business
Gail Goodman

Positive engagement is the social proof people need to do business with you, especially if someone they know is engaging with you, too. This social proof helps build trust, something you just can't buy with advertising.

How About National BIG Business Week?

Gene Marks | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

It's the big companies in this country that are truly the engines of our economic growth. It may be politically correct to celebrate the little guy. But it's the big guy who should be receiving the attention.

Five Things Small Business Owners Need to Know About Capitol Hill

Bill Cheney | Posted 07.17.2012 | Small Business
Bill Cheney

If small business owners want to see more credit available, they need to keep their eye on Washington as much as their local lending institutions. And yes, we need the help.