Community Update – National Small Business Week



National Small Business Week

The American success story has been fueled by pioneers who think big, take risks and work hard. From storefront shops to high-tech startups, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our nation’s promise. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 8.08.52 AMAcknowledging that fact, the President of the United States has, every year since 1963, issued a proclamation on behalf of National Small Business Week.  This year, the event takes place from May 1 to May 7. Its aim is to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to our economy.

More than half of all U.S. citizens either own or work for a small business. Such businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in our nation each year. Every day, small businesses create 21st century jobs, drive innovation and increase prosperity in communities throughout the country.

IMG_0551In our hometown of Wisconsin Rapids, we directly benefit from the businesses that employ 20 or fewer employees. While many of these businesses are startups and young companies, others are long-established firms. Small businesses help to drive the economic growth of Wisconsin Rapids across a variety of industry sectors, playing an important role in diversifying our economy. 

That’s why the City of Wisconsin Rapids has been working since 2013 with Google to help local business owners – particularly our small-business owners – to increase their visibility and help to ensure business growth and competitiveness with resources such as online listings and website creation services – all, available at no cost. To get started, business owners just need to create an online listing and verify their business with Google – for free – by visiting

Grow Rapids logoWe also have invested time in helping existing or prospective business ventures with an economic portal called GROW Rapids. Grow Rapids is here to serve as an informational hub with business resources.   We have a clear mission: Grow businesses, grow jobs, and Grow Rapids. 

WisconsinRapidsAnd as a special local activity springing from National Small Business Week, I will be stopping by one small business every week during the month of May.  My intention is to bring attention to local business – new and established alike,  to acknowledge individual entrepreneurial excellence with mentions on our City website, and in my Community Update.

Also during National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration website will offer owners of small businesses a daily calendar of free webinars and other information aids.

National Small Business Week enables local businesses and customers to better support one another. When we support small business, jobs are created and our local community can build upon its unique culture. In short, it is virtually impossible to truly commit to creating jobs and spurring economic growth without addressing ways to embrace the vision and effort of our entrepreneurs.

Thank you for reading.

Mayor Zach Vruwink



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