National Small Business Week, #CLTsmbiz

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity, and are able to turn both to their advantage.

Niccolò Machiavelli

If you think about it, every business in America started out as a “small business.” I remember growing up thinking that I wanted to work at a large, international company, because that meant more opportunities for me, right? In the past couple of years, I’ve started to understand more clearly the beauty of small business. To me, small business entrepreneurs exude drive, passion, responsibility and creativity.

Today kicks off a week of events celebrating National Small Business Week, designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration to honor the almost 28 million small businesses in America. Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? Check out the link above to see the awards, forums and town hall meetings that will be happening this week in Washington, D.C. There are also some great resources for business owners – I was particularly glad to find some valuable resources through the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC).

Several other states and regions are celebrating National Small Business Week, but I haven’t seen anything related to the event in the Charlotte area. So, let’s recognize those deserving entrepreneurs! Please list some of your favorite Charlotte small businesses in the comments section, and why you support those businesses. I look forward to hearing about and celebrating some of our great local entrepreneurs.

I will Tweet your answers all week under the hashtag #CLTsmbiz. Let’s support our local community.


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