The New Jersey Business & Industry Association encourages people to recognize and appreciate the contributions of small businesses during National Small Business Week on May 12-16.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the economy, not just in New Jersey but throughout the nation,” said NJBIA Acting President Melanie Willoughby. “They are the entrepreneurs and innovators whose businesses line our Main Streets. They are the ones who create our corner stores, our bake shops and restaurants. They are the ones we call to do repairs on our home, cater our events and fix our cars. And most important of all, small businesses drive new job growth.
“Let’s all celebrate National Small Business Week by patronizing small businesses,” she said.
Willoughby noted that small businesses:
- create 64 percent of new private-sector jobs ;
- provide 49 percent of private-sector employment overall;
- are responsible for 46 percent of the private-sector’s output; and
- account for 43 percent of the employment in high-tech industries
National Small Business Week activities are organized by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), which will hold events throughout the country.
Since 1963, the SBA has honored the accomplishments of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, innovators, small business advocates and others, at an annual event that attracts thousands of participants.
In addition, several NJBIA members who operate small businesses will make themselves available for interviews during National Small Business Week.