While Shiftgig can operate within a workplace of a few employees to a few thousand, it’s the small businesses across the country that drive the entrepreneurial spirit upon which the on-demand workforce is built. National Small Business Week has been a tradition since 1963 when then- President John F. Kennedy created it as a way to recognize the critical contributions small businesses make in this country.
But what exactly defines a small business? Here are a few facts courtesy of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy:
- A small business is any independent business with fewer than 500 employees.
- As of 2013, there were 28.8 million small businesses in the U.S.
- Between 1992 and 2013, small businesses accounted for 63% of all net new jobs.
The SBA also reports that more than half of all Americans own or work for a small business. Additionally, those small businesses create two out of every three new U.S. jobs each year. LinkedIn also found that small businesses contribute about 40 percent of the hiring in the gig economy.
So take some time this week to thank your favorite small business owners. And if you want to learn more about National Small Business Week or to sign up for one of their free webinars, visit their website.