This week (September 21-25) is National Small Business Week in the U.S., celebrating entrepreneurs and the 30 million small businesses that account for 99.7 percent of firms nationally. Deferred from May due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no surprise that the 2020 virtual activities focus on recovery, adaptation and innovation.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has been highlighting the impact of entrepreneurs and small businesses this way since 1963 and is hosting a variety of online activities as part of the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference through this Thursday. You can still register here:
Being a 100% remote workplace for more than seven years, InspireHUB began sharing resources in March to help small businesses faced with making the digital transition overnight. We had the good fortune of a long runway to grow into the challenges and opportunities of working remotely and knew that some of the tools and best practices we've adopted would be useful to others facing this change with very little time to adapt.
Here are a few FREE resources to help your small business pivot and recover, from our team to yours...
Small business guides to help you transition, fast!
Simple, powerful, FREE tools to get you started.
FREE Mentors to guide your small business.
80% of entrepreneurs with a mentor are still in business after a year. With 30% of small businesses failing within the first two years, having access to the right resources and advice is critical. A study by SCORE showed just how big a game-changer mentors can be.
Small businesses (less than 100 paid employees) account for 99.9% of all U.S. businesses and 97.9% of all Canadian businesses, with micro-businesses (less than 10 employees) accounting for 75.3% of private-sector employers. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and our economy, and with the current economic crisis, they’re fighting for their lives.
Since the declaration of national emergency was issued because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated total private employment to have fallen by 19.6 million between March and April alone, a historic decline.
Now more than ever, having access to a mentor can be a critical lifeline for a small business. But at a time when resources are so tight, how can you find someone to help you navigate the unique challenges of your industry, guide you through crisis management and assist your creation of a business continuity plan that helps you and your employees not only survive but thrive?
Looking for a few more great ideas to help you grow your business and shore up your post-pandemic business continuity plan? Take a page out of the book from some of our own favourite small business pioneers who forged a trail through turbulent times to create thriving, sustainable enterprises. Listen to their stories on ...
Big on Small: The Official Small Business Podcast
Do you remember where you were when you first had the dream of building your small business? How the mere thought of it sparked an excitement and a future filled with hope? Where were you the first time you sat down and began to take the action to implement your dream?
The journey to launching your own business is unique to every business owner, but we have so much in common. In the early days of creating your business, everything feels fresh and exciting regardless of whether your network of friends and family are supportive and telling you that you are absolutely ‘crazy’.
Deep down, you knew one thing for sure. There was a moment you stepped out in faith and realized there was no going back. The reality is that there is nothing easy about the process of creating and launching a small business. At InspireHUB, we know that 90% of businesses are small and helping YOU become successful has a direct impact on creating a healthy community, town, city, country and economy! That’s why we created the Big on Small Podcast, the official small business podcast that is fully focused on the running of small organizations. Join us and learn more at: bigonsmall.biz
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If you have a small business question that needs answering or want to show some love to a small business in your life, call and leave a message on the Big On Small Hotline at 1-844-967-CHAT (2428) or visit the contact page here.
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