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Celebrating the success of small businesses

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Consumers make choices every day, and Small Business Week, which we celebrated last month, reminds us why supporting the 28 million small businesses, that are the backbone of the U.S. economy, is so important.

Each year, since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding small business owners from across the nation.

National Small Business Week provides a roadmap for how the government and the public can support the difference-makers in our economy. We know small businesses create nearly two out of every three new jobs in this country. Shopping at small businesses helps Americans improve their communities and create jobs in their local economies.

Partnering with companies like Twitter and Microsoft, the SBA is hosted exciting events in communities across the country. Each event will brought more tools, tips and resources to America’s 28 million small businesses, in conjunction with efforts to help businesses take their companies to the next level.

We were joined by local leaders and successful entrepreneurs, including Henry and Tom Bloch (founders of H&R Block), Jim Koch (founder of Sam Adams and the Boston Beer Company), and John Schnatter (founder of Papa John’s Pizza).

Small businesses are the cornerstone of our great nation. Entrepreneurialism is central to our country’s spirit. Now more than ever, opportunities are available to all Americans, and during National Small Business Week, we were thrilled to celebrate innovative entrepreneurs and help small business owners get the tools and resources they need to become the next great American success story.

Calvin Goings is the regional administrator of the Small Business Administration.