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National Small Business Day

Celebrate National Small Business Day - shop small, support local businesses, and help our communities thrive!
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May 10
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United States

Celebrate National Small Business Day on May 10 and show your support for small businesses in your community! This special day was created to recognize the hard work of entrepreneurs and business owners, who have poured their hearts into creating a sustainable livelihood. From humble beginnings to larger enterprises, small business owners contribute significantly to our local economies.

History of National Small Business Day

National Small Business Day Dates

National Small Business Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1953</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of the SBA</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Small Business Administration (SBA) was established in the United States to provide support and resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1983</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First SMB Week Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Small Business Week was celebrated, an initiative led by the SBA to highlight the importance and contributions of small businesses to America's economy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Small Business Act Signed</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Obama signs the Small Business Jobs Act, providing funds and resources to help small businesses grow and create jobs.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of "Shop Small"</div><div class='timeline-text'>The "Shop Small" movement gains traction, spearheaded by American Express and championing the importance of supporting local businesses.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Small Business Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2017, the first National Small Business Day was officially celebrated on May 10th, further emphasizing the importance of supporting small businesses in local communities.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Small Business Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Shop local</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show support for your favorite small businesses by shopping locally. Stop by your favorite small business and pick up something special. You'll be surprised at the unique items you can find.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write reviews</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Help spread the word about your favorite small business by writing reviews on Google, Yelp, and other platforms. Positive reviews will help give a boost to these businesses.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend an event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many small businesses put on events and promotions to show their appreciation for their customers. Attend one of these events to celebrate National Small Business Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share on Social Media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share pictures and stories about your favorite small business on social media using appropriate hashtags, such as #NationalSmallBusinessDay. This will help promote the business and get more people interested.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread the word</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Tell all your friends about your favorite small business, both in person and online. Share the love and encourage others to join in celebrating National Small Business Day.</p></div></div>

Why National Small Business Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Small businesses create jobs</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Small businesses provide job opportunities for people in their local communities. They also often employ the elderly, disabled and veterans at a higher rate than larger corporations. By celebrating National Small Business Day, we are supporting those vital economic contributors and celebrating our community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Small businesses contribute to the local economy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Money spent at small businesses tends to stay in the local community. This helps stimulate economic growth by keeping capital within the local area and creating a better standard of living for everyone. Additionally, small businesses help attract new customers from other towns or cities, bringing in even more revenue to the region overall.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Small businesses bring vibrancy to our neighborhoods</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Small businesses create a unique character for each neighborhood. Whether it's that quaint family owned restaurant or the corner store you always shop at, each small business brings its own charm and energy which can be felt throughout a community. Celebrating their success on National Small Business Day is one way to express appreciation for all they do for us.</p></div></div>

5 Shocking Facts About National Small Business Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are over 30 Million Small Businesses in the United States</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA), there are currently over 30 million small businesses operating in the United States, accounting for nearly 60% of all jobs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Small Businesses make up 99.9% of all businesses in the US</h3><p class='facts-content'>Small business enterprises represent a whopping 99.9% of all businesses in the United States, demonstrating their critical role in the nation's economy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Almost half of the US workforce is employed by small businesses</h3><p class='facts-content'>As per SBA, small businesses employ about 47.5% of the private workforce in the U.S. This translates into millions of jobs across various industries.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Small Businesses make substantial contributions toward innovation</h3><p class='facts-content'>The SBA reports that small businesses produce about 13 times more patents per employee than larger patent-producing firms. This showcases the innovative power of small businesses in the economy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Entrepreneurs start over half a million businesses each month in the US</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to a study by the Kauffman Foundation, over 500,000 (approx. 540,000) new businesses are started each month in the U.S, showing the entrepreneurial spirit that comes to life on National Small Business Day.</p></div></div>

National Small Business Day FAQs

When is National Small Business Day?

National Small Business Day is celebrated on May 10 every year. In 2024 National Small Business Day will occur on a Friday.

National Small Business Day Dates



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