Did you know it is National Small Business Week?June 20th, 2013
Thanks to Google, I learned that this week is the 50th Anniversary of National Small Business Week. President Kennedy made the first proclamation of Small Business Week in 1963.
Small Business Week is a weeklong celebration of small businesses and small business leaders from across the country. This year’s celebration is centered in five cities: Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX, St. Louis, MO, Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington D.C. These cities will host conferences that provide speakers and mentoring for small business people from all 50 states. The speakers are headlined by Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, and Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of both Twitter and Square. The week culminates with an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. There are several awards and categories, but the most prestigious award is National Small Business Person of the Year. Each state nominates one businessperson from their state to be considered for the award.
At first it seems like this is another insignificant, Hallmark holiday or just an opportunity for politicians from both parties to tell you about all the great things they are doing to help small businesses. But if you stop and think about it, small businesses are very important and they deserve recognition for the contributions that they make. Every one of us interacts with small businesses on a daily basis. There are currently 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and half of all Americans either own or work for a small business.
While our small business isn’t being recognized for any awards at the national conferences this year, I would like to share some examples of the recent hard work and skilled labor of which our small business is very proud. This building is a rental property (owned by another local small business) that we recently transformed and took measures to upgrade the energy efficiency. We replaced the roof earlier this spring and just recently completed the installation of siding and windows. We greatly improved the energy efficiency by:
- installing ridge vent in the roof
- drilling holes in the sheathing and blowing insulation into the side walls
- installing ¾” insulation board with an R value of 4.5 under the siding
- installing vinyl replacement windows with double paned, Low E insulated glass
I ask you to support small businesses, not just this week, but every week. They are the backbone of our economy and your support allows them to continue to improve and innovate. The money spent with them doesn’t get sent overseas or paid in dividends to unknown investors. It gets reinvested back into our local economies and paid out in wages to your friends and neighbors.
Heinrichs Roofing & Siding would like to say thank you to all of our friends and neighbors who work in a small business and wish you continued success. Happy Small Business Week!
Sources: Wikipedia, whitehouse.gov
This article was written by Jamie Heinrichs