Since 1963, the U.S. has dedicated a week to small business owners.
According to the SBA, “more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.” Every day between May 1 and May 5, the SBA will be live streaming different events that celebrate and help your small business.
How will you be celebrating National Small Business Week? Here is a list of our favorite ways to celebrate.
Blogging is one of the most important things you can do for your business. Your blog will help educate and delight your readers thus improving the “know like trust” factor. When your readers like you and trust you, they are more likely to buy from you and recommend your business. Blogging also improves your search engine optimization thus increasing the chance of new potential leads to find you.
Support other small businesses
If you own a small business, you know that there are ups and downs. One day everything goes right and the next day nothing is working out. That’s the nature of running a business. I’d be willing to bet that you aren’t the only small business in town. Be sure this week (and always) to go out and support those other local small businesses. When you work together, everyone wins.
Professional and Personal Development
As a business owner, the growth process should never stop. Take some time this week to grab a personal or professional book or start listening to business focused podcasts during your commute. You can find podcasts for any length, so don’t let a short commute deter you.
Have you planned your summer marketing yet? Now is the perfect time to stay on-top of your game and have your marketing planned. When you plan, you avoid stress. A stress-free life is what you want, right?
Find a Mentor
There are very few successful businesses that have owners that list no mentor in their journey. A mentor is going to help you stop wasting time, focus on the things that are important and be your backbone when things get tough. They will be your voice of reason. A mentor is going to help you navigate the waters and help your business thrive.
Treat yourself and employees
Without those who work at your small business, your business wouldn’t be the same. It’s hard to run a successful business alone. Take some time this week to thank those who work with you, building your dream. This can something as simple as a half-day on Friday or lunch. Any sort of effort, will reap huge benefits. Also, be sure to treat yourself. When was the last time you went on vacation? When was the last time you didn’t answer an email late? Just like you thank your employees and recognize their efforts, be sure to recognize your own and take some time for you.
Small businesses make up a large portion of the local and national economy. Without you and your dreams, we’d be living in a different America. Hats off to you, small business owner. We celebrate you this week.