Editor's Note: This blog first appeared at Commerce.gov on February 7.
Ed. Note: This blog is by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement and first appeared on WhiteHouse.gov
This Saturday, November 30th, I will join a number of White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, in paying tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities.
I will be spending Small Business Saturday in Chicago, to start on my holiday shopping, and reacquaint myself with the small businesses lining my hometown streets, and breathing life into my neighborhood.
There is of course, no need to wait for Small Business Saturday to enjoy the local delicacies and the unique goods being sold in our communities. It can be a concerted effort throughout the year, and an ongoing priority for all Americans. The President certainly sees it that way, and has made support for small business a top priority every day he has spent in office.
Small businesses are the engines of our economy, and the key to creating jobs for hard working Americans. That’s why President Obama has signed 18 direct tax cuts for small businesses, bolstering their growth, and providing credits for new equipment, and the hiring of veterans and unemployed workers. His Administration has supported over $93 billion in lending to more than 166,000 small businesses nationwide. President Obama has worked to expand and speed up payment on government contracts to small businesses. The Obama Administration has repealed the last Administration’s rule requiring that the IRS withhold 3 percent of contractors’ income. And the passage of theSmall Business Jobs Act in 2010 created the Small Business Lending Fund and theSmall Business Credit Initiative to help small businesses gain access to capital, and begin creating jobs in their communities.
All of these efforts, when combined with the everyday support of consumers who choose to shop at local and family owned stores, will help America’s small businesses continue to thrive.
It is more important than ever that we all do our part to recognize and reward the entrepreneurial spirit which has defined our country for centuries. Small businesses have always served as anchors in our communities, providing jobs, unique goods and services, and support for valuable neighborhood organizations. When we spend our hard earned money to support the dedication and commitment of our neighbors and their businesses, everyone wins.
Please join me in “shopping small” this Saturday, and be sure to keep an eye out this weekend for more on the Administration’s efforts to highlight Small Business Saturday.
Note: This blog is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and first appeared on HHS.gov/HealthCare on November 27.
Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/.
For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week – May 12-16, 2014.
Last year, we honored small business owner John Stonecipher—CEO of Guidance Aviation—with the National Small Business Person of the Year Award. John turned his childhood fascination with airplanes into a successful business. Today Guidance Aviation has a staff of 55, fourteen aircrafts and a waiting list of students ready to take flight into their futures.
Are you our next winner? Apply online today: http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/. In addition to the portal, nominations can also be sent directly to SBA District Offices, which can be located online at district offices. All nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on January 17, 2014.
National Small Business Week award categories include:
- Small Business Person of the Year Awards
- Small Business Exporter of the Year
- Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
- Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery
- Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
- Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
- Federal Procurement Award- Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence
- 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award
- Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
- Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
- Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
For more information, visit http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/.