Pat Yourself On The Back While You Work Your Business Dream

Pat Yourself On The Back While You Work Your Business Dream
As a small business owner, there aren’t many opportunities to get a pat on the back.

Small business is such a huge part of my product launch dream – from couture jewelry sales to web solutions for fellow business owners.

That’s why I thought I’d share an important event we all overlooked a few short weeks back.

National Small Business Week took place at the end of May and yes, we missed it.

According to their official web site –

“Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.”

So why is it important to support small business?

Here are a few stats on how small business impact the economy taken from research gathered on the SCORE web site.

The estimated 29.6 million small businesses in the United States:

  • Employ just over half of the country’s private sector workforce
  • Hire 40 percent of high tech workers, such as scientists, engineers and computer workers
  • Include 52 percent home-based businesses and two percent franchises
  • Represent 97.3 percent of all the exporters of goods
  • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms
  • Generate a majority of the innovations that come from United States companies

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, September 2009

Women in Business.  As a women in business, I am always looking to boost other women –

  • Women represent more than 1/3 of all people involved in entrepreneurial activity. This help explain the almost perfect 1/3 representation in the Fast Company ‘100 Most Creative People’ article I talked about last week.
  • Between 1997 and 2002, women-owned firms grew by 19.8 percent while all U.S. firms grew by seven percent
  • Women-owned firms accounted for 6.5 percent of total employment in U.S. firms in 2002 and 4.2 percent of total receipts.
  • The number of women-owned firms continues to grow at twice the rate of all U.S. firms (23 percent vs. 9 percent). There are an estimated 10 million women-owned, privately-held U.S. businesses. The greatest challenge for women-owned firms is access to capital, credit and equity. Women start businesses on both lifestyle and financial reasons. Many run businesses from home to keep overhead low.
  • Women are more likely to seek business advice–69 percent women vs. 47 percent men.

How can you support your local business?

  • Find a local coffee shop – they are much more fun to meet at and I prefer their coffee
  • Try your local fruit and vegetable stand – summer will taste so much better
  • Save gas – a few less miles on the road add up
  • Jobs stay here – keep local jobs local
  • Get to know what’s in your neighborhood – you may not know what is available at the corner store or that little boutique until you check it out

If you haven’t already guessed, only small business owners, and those we convince to spend the day with us, truly know the real story of small business.

You don’t see any reports on the late nights, long hours, no sleep, no vacations, and failed ventures of entrepreneurs.

What are you working hard at while you are getting to your dreams? Whens the last time you got a pat on the back? Share your stories of kudos, or feel free to bitch.

~ Heather

 

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  • Toni Schram

    Good Lord, do I ever support local small business here in Santa Rosa.

    Let’s see: Colibri’s, Jeffrey’s HIllside Cafe, East West Cafe, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Copperfield’s (would rent a couch there if they’d let me), Positively Fourth Street, Capelli’s Hair Salon and Groove Studio-in my attempt to fend off all the wares from the aforementioned restaurants.

    I still think you deserve a pat on the back for having to stand behind me in class…

    ~Toni~

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I want to go to Healdsburg and get my reading glasses from that female business owner we chatted with when Wendy was showcasing her art.

    I love local fruit stands and the farmers market at the Veterans building – in season, local produce just tastes so much better.

    Outsourced is an upcoming American workplace sitcom series broadcast by NBC. It is an adaptation of the feature film. It’s probably me, but I just don’t find outsourcing funny since I saw so many good American jobs outsourced in the the last 10 years.

    Exactly how is outsourcing funny?

    It makes me crazy to have a problem with a company’s product and to end up at a call center where the person doesn’t understand what you are telling them and you get nowhere.

    What makes me even crazier is when I have to place a tech call and the person doesn’t know anything about computers, can’t understand what you are telling them and I start teaching them their technology. They are just told to read from a script and can’t understand you when you point something out to them that doesn’t go in the flow of their script.

    But I digress.

    Whew! Glad I got that off my chest.

    • Heather, the e-commerce builder

      It’s OK Cath… let it out. You have to let out the crazy in little bits so you can maintain sanity :) I hadn’t heard about that show yet. Thanks for keeping me up to date on potential pop references.

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  • Remy G

    What does Tom Cruise say in Jerry McGuire – “it’s an up at dawn, pride swallowing siege . . .” Okay he was talking about representing his client, but he was a small business owner at the time who was breaking off to start his own company to make his mark, his difference.

    I think the biggest problem for me is getting people to know who I am and why I’m better, or at least different, than huge firms that, by any simple definition, appear to do the same thing I do. The stats are icky. It takes more than money to stay open, as you know.

    I got a pat on the back yesterday from someone about my photography – which felt good. For my consulting practice, I asked a few ex clients to give me a recommendation on LinkedIn which were awesome. I think the thing you focus on however, is Real Time pats on the back – not generalized, and certainly not years after the fact. I’ll search that out and give it away as much as I can today. Thanks for your incredibly thoughtful and timely post. Rem

    • Heather, the e-commerce builder

      Here is your official semi-real time pat on the back from me to you. After today’s coaching session you get a BIG pat on the back for how productive I felt. You rock!