“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

- The Declaration of Independence (US 1776).

As part of our national identity, we possess the right to pursue a life that thrives and provides for our needs. We celebrate the freedom to pursue our dreams and our opportunity to succeed in our deepest passions. One of the legacies of that freedom is small business.

At the early stages of our country, small business was essential for survival. Farmers, craftsmen, merchants, and professionals stepped in to serve a developing country. While a growing country has supported the development of some of the largest corporations in the world, the idea of pursuing your dream lives on and still drives much of the economy of our nation today.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration:

  • 54% of all U.S. sales are generated by 28 million American small businesses.
  • Since the 1970s, small businesses have created 66% of all new jobs and employ 55% of the U.S.
  • More than 600,000 U.S. small businesses account for 40% of all retail sales - providing 8 million jobs.
  • 30-50% of all U.S. commercial space (est. 20-34 billion square feet) is occupied by small business.

We’d like to invite you to join us this month in celebrating the great opportunity we have in our country to enjoy our professional life, create our own path, and define our own destiny.

Whether simply standing to honor the passing flag or stopping to acknowledge and thank a serviceman or woman, we hope you take time to reflect on the freedoms that have been won for us.

We tend to feel gratitude more easily when we have moments to slow down and sip a cool beverage on our patio over the weekend, but even in the exhaustion of your work week, we hope you consider the special freedoms you experience. Each early Monday morning as you roll out of bed, and each night, as you’re finishing the tasks of your day, breathe out a prayer of gratitude with us ­— that we live in a country where we can work hard, doing what we love while pursuing our dreams.

We salute you - the American small business owner!