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National Small Business Week is held during the first week of May, bringing attention to all the small businesses in the US. President John F. Kennedy started it by calling for the celebration of small businesses. Every year since, there have been functions and conventions held to promote small businesses and help first time owners or start-ups with networking and learning how to better run their business.

How small business helps the country

As of 2016, 99.7% of all US businesses were classified as small business. There were 120 million people working for those 28.8 million small businesses, which was about 50% of the working population. Of those millions, about a third were employed at a business with less than 100 employees. In fact, about 62% of all US businesses have less than five employees.

The majority of small businesses are nonemployers, meaning they are self-employed and/or only have one person working for them. As of last year, 79.1% of all small businesses were nonemployers. Comparatively, only 4.3% of small businesses had more than 10 employees.

Image of customer in storeWe need your support!

Beadworks may be a small business, but that just means we can focus on you. We will put aside what we’re working on to talk with you about technique and color theory, helping you select the perfect bead for your new necklace. Beadworks has been collectively run since 1987, starting with our store in Norwalk, CT. We’ve been in Philadelphia for 25 years this summer, and we couldn’t be happier. Ever since our opening in 1992, we have been establishing ourselves as the best one stop shop for all your jewelry making needs.

At Beadworks, we interact with and support a lot of nonemployer businesses through our designer programs. Students, Etsy designers, and even some non-profits work with us to acquire the materials they need to continue making their wares. We support our neighbors, just as they support us, and none of this is possible without you. Instead of going to A.C. Moore for that new blanket you want to crochet, visit your local yarn store and chat with the owner. How about, instead of hopping over to Jo-Ann’s, you visit a local bakery and ask them what the best food coloring is for those lovely cookies you saw on Pintrest?

Owners have a passion for their small businesses that cannot be replicated in chain stores. We can help you with tricky techniques or puzzling patterns, building friendships and trust, creating a unique experience for you.

We will also talk your ear off about this hilarious story involving water balloons, super soakers, and dish soap  if you let us.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

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