This year, National Small Business Week is celebrated May 4-8 by presidential proclamation. During this week in particular, you’re encouraged to show support for small businesses in your community.
On the site promoting National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that “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.”
In his 2014 proclamation, President Obama emphasized the importance of small businesses. “Small businesses represent an ideal at the heart of our Nation’s promise — that with ingenuity and hard work, anyone can build a better life. They are also the lifeblood of our economy, employing half of our country’s workforce and creating nearly two out of every three new American jobs,” he said. “During National Small Business Week, we renew our commitment to helping these vital enterprises thrive,” he added.