National Small Business Week took place from April 30 to May 6 this year. Every year since President John F. Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This year, I was invited to join the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s “Celebration of Excellence” annual awards banquet on May 5th to enjoy an evening of networking and festivities with other local businesses and citizens who work together to create and promote economic vitality.

I met up with Jak Massey, the Member Relationship Manager at Buccini Hall to help with setting up the event. I spent the rest of the evening enjoying the event activities with the Board of Directors and fellow business owners from Scappoose, St Helens, Columbia City, and Vernonia.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce which began over 100 years ago, is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

With more than half of Americans either owning or working for a small business that creates about two-thirds of new jobs, launches future growth industries, and brings diversity to local economies, local Chambers of Commerce’s support is becoming more important to buffer the effects of inflation and find qualified people to fill open positions.

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