Each year since 1963, National Small Business Week (NSBW) is celebrated in America. And while the dates may change, its important purpose stays the same. This year, NSBW is taking place September 13- Sept 15. At Planters Bank, we are proud to support local businesses and have strong partnerships with many local businesses within our communities.
We invite you to learn more about National Small Business Week, how you can do your part to support them -- especially during uncertain times -- and to take a deeper look into a few of our relationships with local businesses.
About National Small Business Week
National Small Business Week has been around for more than 60 years, and it was pioneered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to the SBA, more than 50% of Americans either own or work for a small business. And small businesses create nearly two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. every year.
The idea of National Small Business Week is to “recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.”
Showing Appreciation for Small and Local Businesses
It’s no secret that the pandemic hasn’t been easy on small and local businesses. To celebrate NSBW 2021, here are a few actions you can take to help support your favorite local companies -- whether you’re in a position to contribute financially or not.
- Shop local: Next time you need groceries, home goods, or a gift for a friend, consider purchasing from a local business rather than a big-box retailer.
- Order takeout or delivery: Not only are you ordering a delicious meal, but you’re also providing cash flow to the restaurant and helping the staff stay employed.
- Buy gift cards: Even if you can’t use them right now, buying gift cards online for future use can help ensure future business from customers.
- Use cashless payments: Not only are cashless methods of payment faster, but they’re also more sanitary for you and any employees.
- Share on social media: Contribute to your favorite businesses’ positive reputations in the community by posting your own personal endorsement.
- Participate in community efforts: Whether you occasionally take part in a “Small Business Saturday” event or participating in community efforts can help small businesses build momentum and meet their goals.
- Be understanding: Many local businesses are facing difficulties due to the pandemic, from finances to staffing and supply chain, and more. Being understanding can go a long way in showing support.