Garland Chamber Celebrates the Big Impact Made by its Small Businesses
The Garland Chamber took National Small Business Week April 30 through May 4 as an opportunity to celebrate business owners, and highlight the range of free, relevant resources available to them.
The Chamber’s 2nd Annual Downtown Business Trail event on May 3 encouraged visitors and citizens to not only recognize the diversity of products and services available in the city, but also to support local business owners as they traveled the trail to visit 15 participating businesses on the historic downtown square. Business growth-focused workshops featured topics about building an online presence and producing sustainable results with efficient business practices. For nearly 30 years, Chamber CEO Paul Mayer has led the Chamber in the belief that economic sustainability starts with the success of each individual business in Garland, no matter how big or how small.
“We recognize that more than 95 percent of our 9,000 companies are small and collectively account for a huge part of the tax base and employment in Garland,” Mayer said. “Our goal with participation in National Small Business Week is to convey the message that small business is a big deal is Garland.”
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, based on the U.S. Census 2002-2010, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms. The 23 million small businesses in America already account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales and while the rate of small business start-ups continues to climb, the rate for small business failures has declined. These statistics indicate that, when done right, small businesses can not only be successful, but sustainable as well. And in Garland, Texas, that statistic has been proven true time and time again as entrepreneurs set up shop in the city.
“A new generation of Garland business owners has embraced the city’s rich history of authenticity, providing a host of unique experiences all their own,” Chamber Vice President Jenna McWethy said. “No matter which corner of town you’re in, you’re sure to find local flavor with a hint of homegrown flair.”
Garland is home to thousands of successful small businesses, all of which once traveled the path from a conceptual idea to where they are today. Through workshops, one-on-one counseling, and personal, tailored services, the Chamber continues its 120-year tradition of service to its business community.
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