Celebrate Small Business Week in Falls City
Saturday, May 01, 2021
Join us in celebrating the small businesses that make Falls City an incredible place to live and work. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has historically held its National Small Business Week in the first week of May. The COVID-19 pandemic forced 2020’s event to occur in September, but many cities like Falls City are planning to recognize small businesses from May 2-8 in 2021 - on the traditional date.
Why are small businesses worth celebrating? They add character to communities, create jobs, strengthen the economy and offer unique experiences and memories for families. In its 2019 Small Business Profile, the SBA Office of Advocacy indicated 59.9 million employees, or 43.7% of the entire U.S. employee workforce, worked for small businesses. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics Business Employment Dynamics indicates that from 2000 to 2018, small businesses created 9.6 million net new jobs, accounting for nearly 65% of all net new jobs in the U.S.
Promoting small businesses is an excellent way to help support a community’s overall economy. A 2018 report from American Express stated an average two-thirds of every dollar spent at small businesses in the U.S. stays in the local community and every dollar spent there creates an additional 50 cents in local business activity. As an added incentive, every ten jobs created at a local business support an additional seven jobs within the community.
Falls City Small Businesses Make Us a Destination
Falls City is a regional destination for shopping and dining. This is because of our strong small business community and charming downtown area. Historic Stone Street, for example, has been featured in illustrations by renowned artist John Philip Falter. The locally-owned Grand Weaver hotel is another example of small businesses drawing visitors to Falls City while being an enjoyable spot for local residents. Homegrown hangouts like Mutt & Jeff are the background of childhood memories and family gatherings. These are just a few examples of the small businesses making an impact in our community.
View a list of local Falls City businesses on the Chamber’s website and join us this week in thanking them for the contribution they make to our community. If you have something to buy, shop at a local store. If you want to go out to dinner, enjoy a local restaurant, and if you need a service like a CPA or landscaper - remember to think local first. Every time you do, you help to strengthen Falls City’s economy and create jobs for your neighbors.