What better way to bring attention to small businesses in the US than a national holiday week? President John F. Kennedy started National Small Business Week in 1963 by calling for the celebration of the backbone of our economy. Every year since, there have been functions and conventions held to promote small businesses and help first time owners or start-ups learn various skills and network to support each other.

How small business helps the country

In 2016, 28.8 million, or 99.7% of all US businesses, were classified as small business. About 50% of the working popoulation, or about 120 million employees, were employed by those small businesses. Of those millions, about a third were employed at a business that had less than 100 employees. Furthermore, about 62% of them had less than five.

A nonemployer business means the owner is the only employee, and this type of business was the majority of small businesses, making up 79.1% of all small businesses last year. Comparatively, only 4.3% of small businesses had more than 10 employees.

We need your support!

We may be a small business, but that just means we can share our expertise with you. Come in and we will help you design and create unique projects, and even teach you a couple tricks of the trade. Beadworks has been collectively run since 1987, starting with our store in Norwalk, CT. We’ve been here for 30 years this summer, and we couldn’t be happier. Ever since our opening, we have been establishing ourselves as the finest gem and bead vendor in the area.

At Beadworks, we interact with and support a lot of nonemployer businesses through our designer programs. We encourage students, Etsy designers, and even some non-profits to work with us to find the best materials for their projects. We support our neighbors, just as they support us, and none of this is possible without you. Instead of going to A.C. Moore for that new cape you want to crochet, visit your local yarn store and chat with the owner. How about, instead of hopping over to Jo-Ann’s, you stop in and ask us for advice on how to cage wrap a stone?

Owners have a passion for their small businesses that cannot be replicated in chain stores. We can help you with tricky techniques or puzzling patterns, building friendships and trust, creating a unique experience for you.

We will also talk your ear off about this hilarious story involving fabric dye, shampoo, and a well placed penny  if you let us.

U.S. Small Business Administration

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