The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center hosted at the University of Monroe will be celebrating National Small Business Week May 1-5, 2017.
The U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes National Small Business Week May 1-5, 2017.
The celebration will kick off by recognizing small businesses throughout Northeast Louisiana through social media and onsite visits. WMWO Chamber representatives will be visiting small businesses to thank them for the contributions they make in our community.
Small businesses will be recognized at the WMWO Chamber's Annual Small Business Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center. Guest speaker will be John Jones, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations at CenturyLink. Tickets are $15 each, and reservations can be made by calling the Chamber at 325-1961.
Across the nation and in Louisiana, small businesses have a huge impact on the economy. The La. Association for Business and Industry reports there are more than 424,000 businesses in Louisiana, employing more than 892,000 people. Small businesses make up more than 97 percent of Louisiana's employers, providing more than half of the state's private workforce.
The WMWO Chamber of Commerce and LSBDC give a big thanks to all small businesses for their commitment to their business and the community. Small businesses create jobs for our residents, and sales tax generated by these businesses help fund schools, parks, roadways and other vital services.