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Small Business Month: Honoring the Backbone of Our Economy Here on the Suncoast

| Angela Naff |

Every May, we come together to celebrate Small Business Month, a time to recognize and honor the incredible contributions of small businesses to our communities and economy. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, driving innovation, creating jobs, and fostering a sense of community. As we reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future, let’s explore the importance of small businesses and why they deserve our support and celebration.

The Heart of Our Communities

Small businesses play a crucial role in building and sustaining vibrant communities. They are often the heartbeat of local neighborhoods, providing essential goods and services, creating a sense of place, and contributing to the unique character of an area. From family-owned restaurants to boutique shops, these businesses enrich our lives and create a sense of belonging.


Driving Innovation and Creativity

One of the most remarkable aspects of small businesses is their ability to innovate and adapt to changing circumstances. Whether it’s developing new products, implementing creative marketing strategies, or finding innovative ways to serve their customers, small businesses are at the forefront of innovation. They are often more agile than larger corporations, allowing them to quickly respond to market trends and customer needs.

Creating Jobs and Opportunities

Small businesses are significant job creators, providing employment opportunities for millions of people worldwide. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses created 1.6 million net new jobs in 2020 alone, accounting for 64% of net new jobs in the United States. These businesses offer a pathway to economic independence and prosperity for many individuals and families.

Supporting Local Economies

When you support a small business, you’re not just helping that business thrive – you’re also supporting the local economy. Small businesses tend to source goods and services locally, which helps circulate money within the community. Additionally, small business owners are more likely to give back to their communities through charitable donations, sponsorships, and other forms of support.

Small Business Month

Facing Challenges and Overcoming Adversity

Running a small business is no easy feat, especially in today’s rapidly changing business landscape. Small business owners often face numerous challenges, from financial constraints to regulatory hurdles to competition from larger corporations. Despite these challenges, many small businesses have shown incredible resilience, finding innovative ways to overcome adversity and thrive in the face of uncertainty.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Small Business

As we celebrate Small Business Month, it’s essential to look ahead and consider the future of small businesses. Technology is rapidly changing the way we do business, presenting both challenges and opportunities for small business owners. Embracing digital tools and online platforms can help small businesses reach new customers and expand their reach beyond their local communities.

How You Can Support Small Businesses

There are many ways you can support small businesses during this month and throughout the year. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Shop local: Whenever possible, choose to support local businesses over larger corporations.
  • Spread the word: Share your favorite small businesses with your friends, family, and social media followers.
  • Leave positive reviews: Take the time to leave positive reviews for small businesses you’ve had positive experiences with.
  • Attend local events: Participate in local events and markets to support small businesses in your area.

Here is a great list of local small businesses right here in our communities:

Swordfish Grill and Tiki
Goldrush BBQ
Piccolo Italian Market & Deli
Slicker’s Eatery
Clancy’s Irish Pub
Clayton’s Siesta Grille
Tarpon Bay Grill
88 Live Bradenton
Bravos Pizza
Piccolo Market
Cortez Seafood
Florida Fishing Fleet
The Herbarium 
Affinity Cabinets 
Cortez Kitchen

Small Business Month is a time to celebrate the remarkable contributions of small businesses to our communities and economy. These businesses are the backbone of our economy, driving innovation, creating jobs, and supporting local economies. As we celebrate Small Business Month, let’s show our support for small businesses and the incredible entrepreneurs behind them who make our communities vibrant and strong.

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