Small Business Week Calls for a Salute to Small Business
Small business owners: How have you spent Small Business Week? Basking in the glow of knowing, as President Obama attested in the kickoff of this celebratory week, that you are 'driving the American economy'? Maybe you're not feeling the flush of that excitement, but hopefully it has been a productive week for your small business.
After all, your business productivity creates quite a force in our national employment picture. The SBA, U.S. Depts of Commerce and Labor, and the Census Bureau, eagerly offer a wealth of statistics about the importance of small business in our economy. While each of them cites that there are 29.6 million businesses in the U.S., that number includes non-employer firms. 2006 data reveals that there are 6 million businesses with employees. And that is where productivity starts to become defined. It is firms with fewer than 20 employees that are employing 21.6 million people, and creating a majority of the net new jobs.
Sometimes we think of the terms 'small business owner' and 'entrepreneur' as interchangeable. By definition, this is not necessarily true, but perhaps 'successful small business owner' and 'entrepreneur' may be closer. Wikipedia identifies entrepreneurs as tending to 'identify a market opportunity and exploit it by organizing their resources effectively to accomplish an outcome that changes existing interactions within a given sector.' They are working to create a successful business situation, but of course, they can't get there alone. Former Secretary of Labor and scholar Robert Reich describes leadership, management ability, and team-building as essential qualities of an entrepreneur. The core business takes shape, defines its niche, and begins to rely on a small, solid, but growing team to execute its plan. However small, but powerful that is—people, processes, systems, and communications become increasingly important.
Just in time for Small Business Week, many business publications have written articles and posts about the top challenges and priorities of small business. Balancing organizational needs usually involves choices amongst people, processes, systems, and communications, and often comes down to available funds and staff. BusinessWeek discussed finding the right tradeoff to technology outsourcing vs. out-tasking, and Entrepreneur took on the promise of VoIP technology.
At MegaPath, we like to talk about the 'promise of VoIP'—not only because our voice and data service is a core part of our solution offerings—but especially for small business VoIP addresses many top-of-mind issues. Operating expense vs. capital outlays, utilizing new technologies to stay competitive, tapping VoIP to tip the scales of enterprise-class systems to small business functionality, and maybe best of all—flexibility—to scale up VoIP services right alongside the growth of your business. Even as online communications become more pervasive in our day-to-day work, we know how important the quality of voice communications remains in business. MegaPath Hosted Voice services have been solving the communications needs of small business for many years, so we invite you to learn from the stories of our customers.
If you have been thinking about how VoIP services can add value to your business, now is a great time to talk to MegaPath about a special promotion that makes Voiceservices an even better deal during the month of June. Learn more about our special offers..