Small businesses make up a significant portion of our community and economy. The Small Business Administration defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees. There are almost 28 million small businesses in United States and small businesses have generated 65% of the net new jobs since 1995. With these stunning statistics in mind, it is only fair that we dedicate a full week per year to honor the small businesses in our community. Each year, we celebrate National Small Business Week. This year, National Small Business Week was held from May 12th-16th.
All of us at Spokane Federal Credit Union really wanted to show our appreciation of the small businesses that operate within our community and help drive the spirit of entrepreneurship, involvement and success. We decided that we would pick 1-2 businesses each day during the week and drop them off a special treat. This treat needed to be meaningful. It needed to be delicious. It needed to be memorable. Each day we asked members of our staff, our members and our social media friends to let us know which small businesses that they felt deserved a special treat.
After we identified the small businesses that we were going to surprise, we really got to work. We fired up our cookie oven and baked some fresh chocolate chip cookies. Once they were cooked to perfection and wrapped in our special “Small Business Appreciation Containers”, we hit the road to deliver what we called our “SpoFed Cookie Bombs”.
As we arrived at the businesses, we were greeted with welcomes that were warmer than the fresh cookies we were delivering. We were able to personally thank the businesses for being active members of our community and for helping to grow our local economy. We had some great conversations about the challenges and rewards that a small business owner faces on a daily basis.
Small businesses are crucial to the success of a community, and we understand that we all play a role in different ways. Spokane Federal Credit Union is a small business, and joining forces with other small businesses in our community is something that we embrace.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s National Small Business Week. Who knows what kind of sweet treats we will create and deliver next year!
If you operate a small business and would like to learn about how we can partner together to help each other, email Ed Bedell at firstname.lastname@example.org . Together, we can make a difference.
Statistics from http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/09/09/16-surprising-statistics-about-small-businesses/