The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 to be Small Business Saturday, in efforts to support the small businesses of our community. The Small Business Saturday movement is national with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Brooksville Main Street program and now the Board of County Commissioners taking up local efforts.
The resolution states in part, “WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, over 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales and provide 48 percent of all jobs with over 56.8 million employees; and WHEREAS, small businesses have consistently played a major role in economic growth because they create so many jobs – many more than large businesses. Franchised small businesses employ roughly 8 million people and make up 40 percent of all American retail jobs; and WHEREAS, over 95 million people went out to shop small on Small Business Saturday last year, an increase of 14 percent.
Locally, over 30,000 posts graced Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout the month of November; and WHEREAS, economists state that with every $100 spent at a small retailer, $68 will return to the community through taxes, payroll and donations to local schools and charities; and WHEREAS, public awareness of the contributions made by local businesses is the key to sustaining a healthy business climate, and the residents of this community are grateful to the small businesses in Hernando County for their generous contribution to the quality of life we all enjoy...”
As a small business, everyone here at The Hernando Sun newspaper understands the importance of supporting small businesses, not just on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but year round. The newspaper functions to promote small businesses through editorial and advertising, acting as a segway between readers and businesses within the community.
For Small Business Saturday, we developed this shopping guide for local small businesses. We are always developing ways to work with small businesses in the community.
We know the difficulties of competing with big business in the marketplace, but contend that if small businesses are able to support each other, they will become stronger and build community relationships simultaneously. That is why we run a “Business Spotlight” feature article and write on the successes of local eateries, retailers and service providers.
Often the product delivered by small business is more representative of the community and the individual labors of its citizens. Without small business, every city, county and town would be an insufferable array of the same large retailers, restaurant chains and corporations, stifling innovation.
Small businesses are often flexible, promoting ingenuity. If a staff member of a small business has a good idea, usually they don’t need to go through 5 different bosses to get it implemented. That is very much the working atmosphere at the newspaper. Everyone contributes on multiple levels and if someone has a good idea — you’ll see it implemented the very next week. If it fails, then we tweak it. In a small business, it’s also easy to see if someone isn’t doing their job, promoting greater accountability and the delivery of a quality product.