History of National Small Business Week

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Celebrating Small Businesses for 52 Years

There are over 25 million small businesses in the United States, so it’s no wonder there’s an entire week dedicated to them. If you are a small business owner, take a moment to celebrate this week. You do an incredible service to your community, often providing over 60% of new jobs each year.

This celebratory week is a chance for you to highlight your accomplishments as a business owner and shine a light on everything you do. While small businesses have always made an impact on communities across the nation, there wasn’t always a time dedicated to them. So when did National Small Business Week begin and how has it shaped businesses throughout the years?

It all started in 1963 when the late President Kennedy signed the first proclamation of National Small Business Week.

Whitehouse.gov describes the importance of celebrating this week: “Although things have certainly changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, one thing that hasn’t changed is America’s entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities.”

This is why every president since Kennedy has signed the Small Business Week proclamation, and why small businesses and owners across the nation are recognized for individual accomplishments. The SBA writes, “The U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others [because] they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.”

Accomplishments such as State Small Business Persons of the Year, Financial Services Champion of the Year, Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year, Women in Business Champion of the Year, and SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year to name a few. Check out this website for a full list of awards.

National Small Business Week is something that is near and dear to our heart and we hope business owners across the country become involved this year. Then come back and tell us all about it!

For more information on National Small Business Week, visit the SBA.gov website. To learn more about Direct Capital and what we can do for your small business, visit our website or click on the banner below. Happy celebrating!

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