Support, celebrate Wilson’s small businesses

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The month of May takes on special significance for the Wilson Chamber of Commerce and greater Wilson business community. We join a national observance of Small Business Week during the first week of the month, but extend it much further, celebrating the contributions that entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and other small businesses make to our economy all month long. This is especially important in a place like Wilson, where as many as 90% of our businesses have fewer than 25 employees. So while we focus these celebrations in May, it’s our duty to support small businesses every day of the year.

Our first Small Business Month event recognizes the accomplishments of our 2019 Small Business Leader of the Year: Will Farris with Farris & Farris Attorneys. From there, our presenting sponsors, BB&T, Providence Bank, Select Bank & Trust, Southern Bank and Wilson Medical Center have helped us develop an itinerary of events designed to inspire and inform small business leaders in our community. I encourage you to find and follow the chamber on social media to learn about these events, and discover all the ways we’re helping build what Wallethub.com has named the 10th “Best Small City to Start a Business in America.”

What adds even more significance to the month of May is what happens concurrently with its first full week. May 6 marks the beginning of both National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week. It goes without saying that thriving industry cannot exist without the guidance of educators to prepare its leaders and laborers. Furthermore, businesses cannot operate without the care nurses provide to ensure a healthy and productive workforce.

This May, I ask you to support your neighbors who work for and own small businesses. Additionally, take a moment to thank those teachers and nurses whose work is essential to building a vibrant business community.

Ryan W. Simons


The writer is president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce.