07 December 2006

Be proud of what you are

My passion really is small business. I love the fact that people are brave enough (or crazy enough) to give up financial security, set working hours and minimal responsibility for no financial security, ridiculous working hours and complete responsibility. I guess that says a lot about a person. I have pretty well been involved in small business for over 20 years, either my own or other peoples and there is something about nurturing those entrepreneurial urges that many of us find irresistible.

There was a time when small business was considered the backbone of this country (and virtually every country around the world). People were proud to be small business owners and they were considered pillars in society. Today small business is often overshadowed by larger corporations.
Generally small business as a collective is overlooked by Government, often because they don’t know what to do with them or how to help them.

But the biggest problem is that small business owners are not cohesive. As a group we don’t stand united to promote ourselves, to lobby politically or to encourage consumers to support us. I think it’s time for small business owners to stand up, be counted and be proud of what we do and what we contribute.

I am in the final planning stages of developing an Australia wide campaign to promote small businesses and encourage consumers to make a conscious decision to “support a small business today”. The aim is to start rebuilding community pride and support for small businesses.

We can all start this process simply by realising the role that small businesses play in the economy, supporting other small business owners and by holding our heads high when we tell people what we do.

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