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#DreamSmallBiz

How many times have you heard that "small businesses are the backbone of the American economy"?

The phrase has become cliche and abused many times over, but it's nonetheless very true and very real.

Small and medium-sized businesses are responsible for most of the job creation in the U.S.

In fact, America's dependency on job creation, tax base expansion, GDP growth, and economic expansion relies heavily on the innovation and creativity of small businesses.

Big businesses are an important part of our economy, too, but believe it or not, small businesses are oftentimes vendors to big businesses. Big, medium, and small businesses are strongly intertwined.

Just think about it, every big business you know was once small. The Coca-Cola's, Apple's, Facebook's, and Google's of the world were once start-ups and small businesses.

I would also add that starting and running a small business, of any kind, is not easy. It is risky, tiring, and very uncertain and yet these soldiers of good ideas are America's chief job creators and economic catalysts.

Economies thrive where entrepreneurship is alive. Think Palo Alto, New York City, Seattle, Sunnyvale, and Atlanta. A large reason why these cities are so vibrant (and attractive to venture capital) is because of their local culture and synergies that welcome the creation and cultivation of new businesses.

Small businesses are America's economic foundation that's why it is so important for us consumers to support them whenever and wherever possible. Remember to #DreamSmallBiz.

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