Grinnell's small businesses are integral to making our community thrive and we want to recognize them for their ongoing dedication not only to their businesses and their customers, but to our community as well. For many decades, this week has been designated by the Small Business Administration as National Small Business Week and is celebrated across the country. We are proud to celebrate so many amazing entrepreneurs, small business owners and their businesses in Grinnell.
We also use Small Business Week as a reminder to look local first for all the goods and services that meet your everyday needs. Although not everything you need can be found in Grinnell, pledging to look local first is a way to directly give back to our community. Our small businesses play an important role in making Grinnell a wonderful place to live, learn, work, and play.
Small businesses are critical to the economy and viability of communities. More than half of Americans own or work for a small business and those businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. every year through their innovation and growth. As Small Business Week kicks off, please remember to look local first and join me in saying THANK YOU to the small businesses that make Grinnell an incredible community!