Here in Las Cruces we drive by small businesses every day. Many times we go in, make purchases and continue on our way without another thought.
The bottom line is we depend on small businesses. They fill our need for products and services, and we expect them to be open on a regular basis to meet our needs and oft times we even expect them to be there during their off-hours.
In a city our size, they are the core of the general business community. You will find them scattered throughout the city and county. Some have storefronts while other small-business owners operate out of homes, garages and sometimes even out of vehicles.
They contribute in terms of dollars to the local community; they give heavily to local charities and regularly offer even greater contributions in terms of resources and time.
The small business and its owner are the mainstay of our local, and in fact our national, economic system. According to Entrepreneur Magazine there are between 25 million and 27 million small businesses in the U.S. that account for 60 to 80 percent of all U.S. jobs.
June 17- 21 is recognized by the U. S. Small Business Administration as “National Small Business Week”. Small businesses are formally recognized at local, state and national events.
This week is our opportunity to thank those businesses for what they mean to us and our quality of life. If you think about it, practically any business you name began as a small business, which is one reason we have this fascination with them as a group.
Take some time this week and stop at your local small businesses and thank them for what they’ve done for you and the community. But more importantly, support them throughout the year. Many have been there for a long time and will be there for many more years to come.
Lastly, if you are a small business owner just starting out, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce wants to help. We have a membership scholarship available to make the resources of the Chamber available to help you succeed. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.