May 5-11, 2019, is National Small Business Week.

According to the Small Business Administration, there are 30 million small businesses across the country. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create about two out of every three jobs in the country each year.

Small businesses form the backbone of the community and we appreciate all those who step up as entrepreneurs to start new business ventures. While chain and box stores struggle to keep their share in the market, small businesses offer each consumer a personal experience and an opportunity to talk and get to know the owners of each business. For every $100 you spend at a locally-owned business, about $68 will stay in the community. Think of who sponsors our school and college events or when we are raising funds for a particular organization. Who do we go to? To our local small business owners. Thank you to the local business owners who give money and donations for this.

In all of our area communities we have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and it is always exciting to see the success of companies that started small and now sell their products or services in multiple states and countries. All we have to do is take a drive around the communities in our area to see these companies.

I encourage people to go out of their way to be loyal and support our local area small businesses whether it’s a restaurant, retail store, or a service-oriented company; they are all around us.

Let’s help them grow.

Mike Erlandson

Wahpeton

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