This week, we’re celebrating National Small Business Week in our mademeals kitchen! Between May 5th-11th, we take a moment to appreciate the efforts of small businesses in America and the great lengths they have gone to build this country up to what it is today. National Small Business Week has been observed for more than 50 years to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Having just officially launched in March of this year, after putting 3 years of hard work and sweat into making mademeals a reality, we’ve come to learn first hand the obstacles and learning curves that entrepreneurs face in successfully starting and running a small business.
Small is a misleading adjective to describe the impact that small businesses can have on their local communities and on the country as a whole. As the foot soldiers of crafts, services, and skills, small businesses are the backbone of the “bottom up” change in this country. Through their own unique missions, they help start the innovations, trends, and climate for ingenuity.
Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? In fact, small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the US each year. However, some jobs are not available to all Americans, especially those who have served time in our criminal justice system. Although their sentences have been served, they may feel as if they’re condemned for life without access to good employment and means to provide for themselves and their families because of their criminal records. That’s why it’s our mission to partner with reentry programs to give an opportunity to those in our community that are in most need of employment.
Knowing that our choices as business owners not only affect our customers, but our staff and communities as a whole, we’re focusing our business practices towards regenerative efforts for individuals, communities, and the environment. We’ve quickly learned that every business decision we make can have an impact on the world.
So whether it’s your local coffee shop, specialty store, or your favorite prepared meal company (wink), be sure to thank those small business entrepreneurs that help forge our way into the future!