Celebrate Small Business Week May 1-7

Network, connect and support local businesses and entrepreneurs

Running your own business can mean a lot of time spent in the trenches, on your own, building your company brick by brick. Next week, though, there are several opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs alike to step back from the daily grind, connect with each other and be inspired.

Springfield Small Business Week is part of National Small Business Week taking place May 1-7. It's a week to recognize the small business owners that play such a crucial part in our local economy.

"Small businesses are very important to our community because they give us access to a diverse system of products and services that we otherwise wouldn't have," said Stephanie Murphy, assistant vice president and Small Business Banking Officer with Guaranty Bank. "These business owners create jobs, pay taxes, give back to the community, and have a network of people they surround themselves with to help their businesses grow."

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. 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, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which coordinates Small Business Week both nationally and through its network of local offices.

"Small Business Week is a great way to recognize our small business owners and bring awareness to how important they are to our economy," Murphy said.

As part of National Small Business Week, the SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they're working to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs and drive innovation.

You can find a list of events occurring throughout Small Business Week in Springfield HEREOpens a New Window..

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