» Celebrating National Small Business Week!

Celebrating National Small Business Week!It’s officially National Small Business Week, a week-long celebration put on by the Small Business Association that recognizes the important contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the health and well-being of the U.S. economy.

Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? Individually, small business owners may feel small, but together they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. every year. That’s a huge percentage!

Many of our Pros are small business owners – they’re an important part of the WeddingWire community and a valuable resource for engaged couples across the nation searching for local wedding professionals to handle their big day. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our Pros for making WeddingWire their partner in success.

Even if your wedding business is not familiar with the Small Business Administration, you can still take part in this exciting week! Here are three ways your business can celebrate:

Show your support

Small Business Week is a nationally-recognized event, so show your support wherever you are! Add a sign to your business’ store front to raise awareness about this week. You could also give your clients a special benefit or discount for booking during Small Business Week, or host a small event to thank local customers. Any little bit helps to bring more attention to the importance of small businesses!

Join the movement

If your business happens to be located in San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston or DC, look into attending one of the official NSBW events. These are all great opportunities to network with other small businesses and learn from their successes. There are also several online events you can still register for if you have some availability during the day. Or, if you’re really pressed for time this week, take a few minutes every day to follow along with the hashtag #SBW2014 on Twitter to see what attendees are talking about! Any of those options are great ways your business can get involved and feel like part of the national small business community.

Start your own programs

The whole point of Small Business Week is for small businesses to band together, so what better way to celebrate than to create your own partner programs? Form an alliance with other local businesses to see how you can work together. If your business offers complementary products or services to others near you, it’s a great idea to see how you can all work together. You may be able to create joint marketing initiatives that take advantage of multiple businesses’ resources, or even hold joint events. As long as all businesses involved receive a benefit, working together is a great small business strategy.

Continue networking with local Wedding Pros by attending one of our stops on the WeddingWire World Tour 2014! Get more details at www.WeddingWireWorld.com.