According to the Small Business Administration, since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
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, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.
During this designated week, via a national campaign, the public makes a point to celebrate entrepreneurs and shop local. Driving commerce to small businesses for a week is great; however, making institutional changes to empower and level the playing field for small business will have a much more lasting impact.
This is why the SBAC and our many advocacy partner organizations are laser-focused on creating critical mass and pushing a common-sense agenda. Now, more than ever, small business needs a seat at the table with decision-makers. We are the key to Illinois growing its way to economic stability.