Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week.

The week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, National Small Business Week is April 29 – May 5.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create approximately two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year.

National Small Business Week is an opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to the community.

Steve Padgett, director of the Small Business Center at Cleveland Community College, said those business owners and entrepreneurs are working every day to grow their business, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation and increase America’s global competitiveness every day.

“The Small Business Center at Cleveland Community College encourages everyone to join us in celebrating these businesses,” Steve Padgett, director of the Small Business Center, said. “Let’s use the power of our dollars to support them and help make a lasting impact in the place we call home.”

As part of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network, the Small Business Center at Cleveland Community College is focused on the mission to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners. This focus leads to job creation and retention in Cleveland County.