For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
This year, National Small Business week is focused on celebrating resilience and renewal. Small businesses have faced numerous challenges within the past year and yet many have persisted with unwavering determination to overcome and succeed. As a product development firm, we work directly with small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. We know the grit and fortitude it takes to build a business from the ground up and applaud all our fellow small business owners.
If you are a small business looking for resources, we highly encourage you to visit the Small Business Administration’s website. This week there are virtual events you can attend along with valuable educational resources.
You might be reading this blog post and are not a small business owner, but you are interested in learning more about National Small Business Week. If so, we also encourage you to take a moment to view resources on the SBA website. Also, below are a few recommendations on how you can support small businesses in your own community.
Around the holidays you frequently hear “shop small” but this is something we can do all year around. When you purchase from a small business you are helping a family in your own community and making your city a better and more vibrant place. Small businesses are run by people just like you; people with ambition, goals and the desire to uplift their own community—send your support their way.
Leave a Review
Positive customer reviews are a great way to not only show your support, but they help the small business when it comes to Google as well. Leaving a positive review is a simple act of kindness that only takes a few minutes and benefits a small business in a myriad of ways. If you had a great experience talk about it and share it!
91% of 18-34 year olds trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, and 93% of consumers say that online reviews influenced their purchase decisions. (Qualtrics)
Engage + Promote
Social media has become hyper-competitive for businesses. Where once small businesses could easily connect to customers, and potential customers, through social media outlets, in today’s world, it takes purchasing power (which isn’t something small businesses have an abundance of right away). Help your favorite businesses by liking posts, tagging them and sharing their content along with your own personal experiences. When you are scrolling social media, give those small businesses a like and comment to help them with their outreach—it’s free for you and immensely beneficial to them.
Small businesses are essential to our future. Let’s support them this National Small Business Week and all year long.
3D Innovations is a Product Development Company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.