Small businesses are the lifeblood of any economy. There are endless statistics that show how important they are to driving growth, keeping local economies going and helping pace the culture of any community. They're also the group that everyone talks about when the economy isn't booming, like it is now. That's because small businesses are without question the group that will help bring us out of these poor economic times. They always do.
Every small business has a unique story, and almost all start with a dream of big success, starting something that was once just an idea and building it from the ground up. Some are thriving, some are struggling, but one thing all small businesses share is experiences, both good and bad, that can serve as learning opportunities for others. My goal for this blog is to not only keep you informed on the current trends, issues, statistics and research affecting small businesses in New England, but also tap into your stories and get a feel for what the attitudes are locally in the small business community.
As a former journalist and a former employee of several small businesses -including a local donut shop, small security company and a 15 man investigations company - I've seen first hand how they succeed and struggle, but make the best of any and all situations. As a current employee of Vistaprint, a company dedicated to helping micro businesses get off the ground, I talk to and work with small start ups regularly.
What I hope is that by launching this blog we can start to identify the true issues facing local small businesses, identify the areas for growth and build a place where the ongoing discussion can in some small way help pave the road to success for those who take the time to participate. I welcome your ideas, your stories, your perspectives and your feedback. Please feel free to email with me suggestions or offer your thoughts in the comments section.
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Jason Keith has been working for and with small businesses in the New England area for more than 10 years, specifically small, micro businesses. Born and raised in Massachusetts and a former journalist, he provides a unique perspective on the issues facing small businesses locally and nationally.To reach him directly email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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