My challenge to you during #SmallBusinessWeek

Pacific Northwest Region - May 6, 2019

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Happy National Small Business Week, May 5-11, 2019

Small Businesses Intricately Woven Into Our Daily Lives

SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field

By Jeremy Field
SBA Regional Administrator, Pacific Northwest

I have a challenge for you:

Try to go one day without having a small business impact your life. In fact, try to go one day without having at least a dozen small businesses touch your day. It’s impossible. And it’s something that makes me proud.

There are more than 1.2 million small businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Beyond the two out of three net new jobs they create; and, beyond their employment of half the region's workforce, small businesses are woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

Consider an average day. You wake up in your home that was built by small contractors. The framers, roofers, electricians, plumbers and painters were all likely from local small businesses.

Your breakfast – be it the milk, the juice, the cereal, the eggs, the toast, the jam, the smoked salmon – all came from a producer. And given our local agricultural industry and abundance in natural resources, it’s very likely it was sourced locally.

The business that paved the roads of your commute, the businesses that repair the car, bus, bike, plane or ferry you ride to work – or the businesses that built those parts for these modes of transportation – are most likely small businesses too.

The coffee shop where you meet a client or friend, the playground where you take your children, or the dental office where you get your teeth cleaned all have small business written all over them.

 

These are the local heroes we celebrate during National Small Business Week – entrepreneurs like ...

 

Ross Black

... Ross Black from Simple Box Storage, the 2019 Washington Small Business Person of the Year, who has connected with many people who had moving, mobile storage or temporary workspace needs.

Not only does he create jobs and economic opportunities for people in Washington and the surrounding states, he sponsors one orphan or widow for each employee the company has. He has also provided containers and supplies for global and national disasters, sponsors local community events and volunteers his time coaching and teaching local students. In fact, Ross says community service and charitable giving are some of the main reasons he is in business. 

With tools acquired from the SBA Emerging Leaders program, Ross was able to grow Simple Box Storage from two locations to eight, increase revenue by 400 percent and add 17 new employees.

Marshall Doyle

... Marshall Doyle from Cal-Cert Company, the 2019 Oregon Small Business Person of the Year, who contributed to the safety of many people by providing calibration and certification of testing equipment used in the construction, aerospace and automotive industries.

In addition to his contributions to the industries he serves, his company’s success has allowed him to give back to his community. He volunteers as a mentor through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network at Clackamas Community College as well as being actively involved in local high schools and Portland State University.

It’s a way for Marshall to pay forward the guidance he received from the SBDC earlier in the business’ history. With help from SBDC advisers, he was able to turn the company from the brink of bankruptcy and grow its market share to 41 states and 13 countries while increasing gross revenue 18-fold.

Nate Bondelid

... Nate Bondelid from Tek-Hut, Inc., the 2019 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year, who has provided IT solutions and internet service to school districts and local government across the state.

His firm is also active in the community and has contributed to and donated to local youth programs. Tek-Hut has an active internship program that brings talent from many of the school districts the business serves.

Following an SBA loan received in the firm's early years, Tek-Hut has expanded by adding a 5,000 square foot building in Twin Falls, Idaho and a second 10,000 square foot location in Boise last year. This expansion led to a revenue increase of 350 percent and staff doubled.

PIP Printing

... Shelley Bramstedt and Jan and John Tathem of PIP Printing, the 2019 Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year, who have connected with many people who had printing, copying, fulfillment and creative services needs.

In addition to providing more than 40 jobs in the Anchorage area, including some for Alaskans seeking a “second chance,” PIP stepped up and now leads a local group to find solutions for the neighborhood’s homeless population.

After using an SBA loan in their early years to expand their space, PIP has continued to grow. The firm recently renovated a once vacant property and built two additional large buildings in the neighborhood as part of their commitment to revitalization and beautification of downtown Anchorage.


Every year since 1963, the President has declared National Small Business Week as a time to shine a spotlight on the impact of small businesses on our economy and communities. During this year’s celebration, May 5-11, 2019, I challenge you take a moment to realize how many touchpoints you have with small businesses every day. It’s something we often take for granted.

As you reflect on those small businesses that seamlessly weave into your day, consider the people behind the businesses and their social impact. America’s progress has been driven by pioneers who think big, take risks and work hard.

Small business owners are one of our region's greatest resources. The SBA is proud to be a thread in the fabric of what small business owners weave to achieve. During National Small Business Week, join me in honoring the small businesses and entrepreneurs that are woven into our lives.

 

Jeremy Field is the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Pacific Northwest Region serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. The SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to start, grow, expand or recover.