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August 31, 2021

We’re celebrating small businesses all September.

Each year we join the U.S. Small Business Administration in observing National Small Business Week. It’s an annual tradition that recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners has been celebrated by the SBA for more than 50 years. The week runs Sept. 13-17 this year.

Nationally, the SBA says more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. The Grand Strand follows the national trend and most of the chamber’s investors are small businesses with 65 percent of our membership reporting having 9 or fewer employees.

Here’s how you can celebrate small businsesses with us.

Events

Webinar
Double Duty-Balancing Business and Personal Finances With Truist
Sept. 9 at noon or Sept. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
Register

SBA’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit
Sept. 13-15
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Register

The Five Major Components to Grow a Business with Bank of America
Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.
Register

Six Critical Areas to Grow a Business
Sept. 15 at 8:30 a.m.
MBACC Boardroom
Breakfast provided by Bojangles
Register

Get social

Participate in our daily challenges on Facebook for a chance to win a Visit Myrtle Beach goody bag.

If you’re a local, continue the conversation in Local to Local, our online community designed to connect Grand Strand area locals to the best of the beach by creating opportunities to share memories, recommendations and good news from across the region. 

Join the group

Why shop local

JOBS: When businesses grow, more jobs open up. The new employees and their families then add their support and spend money in the community.

OUR SHOPS HELP PEOPLE: Local businesses are more likely to support local charities, schools and events. Supporting local shops makes it possible for these businesses to to give back to the community.

BE DISTINCT: Local shops tend to local needs. They know you and create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products to cater to the community.

PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT: Local shops often stock a high percentage of local goods. That means less gas is used to transfer goods, which also means a cleaner environment. Plus, local foods are better for you!

CONVENIENT FOR EVERYONE: Most people can get to their local shops easily. This is especially important for the young, elderly and anyone without transportation.

BRING MORE TO THE GRAND STRAND: Private and public sector services cluster around shops. The more they see economic growth, the more attracted they are to moving their business here.

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PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS IN A POWERFUL WAY!

Sponsorship provides our investors the opportunity for recognition and publicity. For some events, sponsorship will also include tickets to the event, the opportunity to speak to attendees or to distribute promotional items. Check out the Investment and Sponsorship Program and stretch your marketing budget. 

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