Creating & Sustaining a Strong Local Economy
Promoting the Community
For more than 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. The S.B.A. designates small businesses as those employing less than 500.
Though originally scheduled for May 3-9, 2020, the official S.B.A. Small Business Week has been postponed, with new dates to be announced later this year. Even though this will not take place nationwide this month, the CORONA Chamber believes we can still celebrate now, celebrate then, and celebrate every day the heroes of our community—those who employ our residents and make our city an ideal place to live, work, and play.
In 2019, we supported this effort by participating in the second annual Clash of the Chambers, a community business-focused competition sponsored by Excelerate America. We were proud to have placed first out of 100 chambers of commerce across 38 states. We did this by earning “points” for our promotion of the local business community and engaging others to join us in our goal to share as much about our businesses as possible. Check out the following hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (#ChamberClash2019 #CoronaChamber #SmallBusinessWeek and #ImHere) to see examples.
This year, we will continue to share virtually about those businesses currently operating during this pandemic, as well as those who may be temporarily closed but not forgotten, as we will all get through this together! Some ways for YOU to help include: sharing our posts and making your own, sharing why you love that particular business (everyone loves a heartfelt story!); buying gift cards now for later use; shopping local/ordering local online; outreaching to a business owner to offer support or kind words; and maintaining your memberships and giving. This list is not exhaustive, but it is a start to helping our small business community get through this tough time.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (951) 737-3350. Check out the photos below, which show some examples of ways to highlight businesses while utilizing/leaving behind our signature I'm Here cards.