NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS DAY - MAY 10, 2023
National Small Business Day is celebrated on May 10 to appreciate startups and self-employed individuals with big ideas and the drive to realize them. Over time, the U.S. has thrived on entrepreneurship and is considered a land of opportunities where anything is possible. Although the pursuit of aspirations has taken various forms historically, the idea of American small businesses run by individuals with true grit and heart who focused on succeeding has been quite inspiring. They represent what all of us could achieve; hence their stories are quite uplifting. The Small Business Administration of the U.S. has celebrated National Business Week for over 50 years.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS DAY
Since the arrival of the first settlers in the United States, small businesses have been America's heart of life and economy. During this time, the idea of a self-made man emerged when Virtuous was the pioneer who, despite the existing odds, built a home and life for his family. Moreover, several colonists lived on small farms in far-flung rural areas and could not be self-sufficient with only the wilderness and their farms for sustenance.
With the country still being very young, all businesses were small-scale, but the economy managed to go ‘round’ by trading crops and services, although transporting goods from one point to another took too long. The banks as we know them today had not been established, and machines were lacking since there was yet to be automation. Later in the 1800s, a new America was born, marking the era of large-scale economic activity and manufacturing. This led to an increase in the number of affluent Americans and high demand for goods.
The story culminated in the 20th century, with large corporations facing stiff competition from overseas businesses. America’s small businesses began to rise at this point hence reading to America’s economy thriving, and many more people became interested in entrepreneurship. Turning an idea into a business went beyond a dream but became a reality and a possibility as startups were birthed and venture capital financing stormed the world. Today, there are over 32.5 million small businesses in the United States-from simple mom-and-pop stores to enterprises employing people all over, and for sure small businesses have changed America.
SIX FACTS ABOUT STARTUPS THAT YOU WILL FIND INTERESTING
Even technology giant companies like Facebook began humbly inside a hostel.
A startup is a company that can solve problems without any obvious solution and no guaranteed success.
Most founders of startup companies are school dropouts, such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and even Michael Dell.
Most startup businesses fail within the first five years
Portable chicken coops called Rent the Chicken and shipping container farms called Freight Farms were crazy ideas, but they worked.
Companies owned by African-American women have grown by 322% since 1997
WHY THE NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS DAY IS IMPORTANT
Quite Refreshing and Encouraging
When small businesses succeed, they provide livelihoods and support whole communities since they are homegrown
Since small businesses provide access to high-quality jobs around your residence, you do not need to change locations or spend much money on rent far away from home.
We always find gritty entrepreneurs who persevere and build something incredible from the start; to be remarkable.