By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
Hats off to all of the businesses in Bridger Valley! This week is celebrated nationally as Small Business Week, which officially started Monday, June 17.
Most of the businesses in the Valley are considered small businesses. They donít have a mega corporation or chain as a backbone of support. Most of the businesses are the result of an individual or a few individuals biting the bullet and realizing there were certain amenities missing from life in the Valley. They, the people behind the businesses, jumped in with both feet and took on the job.
And, as business owners know, to own and operate a business is no 9 to 5 job, but encompasses so much more. The business takes on a life of its own and becomes demanding in time and resources to succeed. Also, no passing the buck. If a job needs to be done, it becomes a matter of just-do-it, not leaving it for the second or third shift of the day.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week. Things have changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963. One thing that hasnít changed is Americaís entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities.
When the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched NSBW in 1953, a first-class stamp cost 4 cents, touch-tone phones were introduced, the U.S. ZIP code system was implemented, and entrepreneurs started brand-new companies like Landsí End, Crocker National Bank, and Pennzoil. Small businesses that grew and spread across America.
This week, June 17 Ė 21, was designated as 2013 National Small Business Week by a proclamation by President Obama. The designation continued Americaís tradition of honoring the spirit and success of American small business owners.
Small businesses have always been the backbone of the nationís economy. Half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business today. Small businesses create two out of three new private sector jobs in the economy.
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