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More than 93 percent of Delray Beach companies are considered small businesses and have 30 employees or less, according to Weheartsmallbiz.org. To sustain the longevity of small businesses, We Heart Small Biz in Delray Beach and its team has expanded on the idea of National Small Business Week (April 30 to May 6) to dedicate the entire month of May to promoting small businesses in Delray Beach.
Events have been scheduled throughout the city, including the Pineapple Grove Arts District Business Walk with Partners, which is 9:30 a.m. to noon May 17, the Sets in the West event from 5 to 9 p.m. May 20 and the Delray Beach Public Library’s “Social Media: Expanding Your Presence” event May 25 to help small businesses grow brands on the Internet.
“This is our third annual We Heart Small Biz celebration,” said Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency economic development director Joan Goodrich. “I think the large amount of small businesses we have really adds to the uniqueness of Delray Beach. We also do cross promotion for all of our events and work with the [Downtown Development Authority], the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative and many other partners.”
The strategy is to keep the local economy moving on all cylinders, she said, adding, “small businesses are the heartbeat and soul of a community.”
Laura Simon, executive director of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, also understands the powerful impact small businesses have on the community.
“This is a team effort with all our organizations throughout the city,” she said. “We have a lot of independent businesses throughout Delray Beach and we’re always looking for new ways to collaborate and see how we can support these businesses.”
In his April 28th proclamation declaring April 30 to May 6 as Small Business Week, President Donald Trump stated in an Sba.gov press release, “Small business owners embody the American pioneering spirit and remind us that determination can turn aspiration into achievement. America’s small business owners transform ideas into reality.
“They are a strong testament to the opportunities a market economy affords. During this week, we recognize the incredible contributions small businesses make to our country and pledge to foster the conditions that enable them to prosper and thrive.”
Delray Beach resident Ann Miller is proud to support small businesses throughout the year.
“I think we’ve all seen that meme where it says when you shop a small business you’re helping a parent buy their child a sports uniform or dance lessons and a dad send his son to college and a mother to put food on her table,” she said. “And it’s so true. A big part of Delray’s charm is that small-town feel and we must support our small businesses or we’ll lose them.”
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