Each May, National Small Business Week shines a light on the impact that locally owned shops, restaurants, service providers, and entrepreneurs have on the U.S. economy and culture, including by investing in the community and creating jobs.
The celebratory week kicked off on Sunday with a proclamation from the White House and continues with a week of national events presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA), which reports that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and these businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
Here is a roundup of social media posts by a variety of non-bookstore businesses, including hardware stores, delis, restaurants, gift shops, and clothing boutiques, in celebration of National Small Business Week, which runs this year from Sunday, May 5, through Saturday, May 11.
Ace Hardware posted on Facebook: “This week we celebrate all small businesses, like Scarborough Ace in Maine. Dan & Jan say the best thing about being a small business owner is working side by side with their children. Who’s your favorite helpful hardware family? Thinking of becoming a small business owner? Learn more about it here.”
Bucciarelli's Butcher Shop & Deli in Salisbury, Massachusetts, posted on Facebook: “Happy National Small Business Week! Keep your favorite small local shops, cafes and stores in mind while you are out shopping or dining. We are here for you.”
Dawson Jones Store Fixings in Atlanta, Georgia, posted on Facebook: “It’s Small Business Week! Being a family owned business our self, we love supporting small businesses in our community! Remember to shop small, not only this week, but every week.”
Athena's Garden Herbal Emporium in Tallahassee, Florida, posted on Twitter: “What a gorgeous day to circle the square! Come on by and sample a cup of our Christopher James tea from New Mexico Tea company. In honor of Small Business Week everything store wide is 10% off until Saturday. See You soon! #SmallBusinessWeek”
My Best Friend's Closet in Fargo, North Dakota, posted on Facebook: “Did you know it’s Small Business Week? Thank you for supporting our Small Business. Sincerely, My Best Friends Closet. Shop with friends and save 10% storewide during Tuesday Happy Shopping Hour 4-6:30!”
Weird Kid Records in Casa Grande, Arizona, posted a link to a YouTube video on Facebook along with the text: “Don’t forget this week to pick up that thoughtful gift for MOM for Mother's Day (This Sunday) or for that graduate at a small local independent store. It’s all about supporting those in your community this week and not going to the Big Box stores.”
Musical Innovations in Greenville, South Carolina, posted on Twitter: “It’s National Small Business Week. Did you know that shopping local keeps 4X as much of the money in the local economy as compared to shopping at a chain store. When you buy from us you are helping school music programs achieve goals and helping music students realize dreams.”
BayTowne Liquor & Wine in Webster, New York, posted on Twitter: “It’s Small Business Week, and we would like to thank you all for being our customers! Show love to all the local businesses in the area, and of course, don’t forget to come into your favorite locally owned liquor store, BayTowne Liquor and Wine! https://www.baytowneliquor.com/”