Did you know that it’s National Small Business Week? Considering that we’re a small business and most of the people we hang out with are small business owners, it’s a little like our Oscars. Small business owners don’t always get a lot of recognition, but they should.

According to the Small Business Administration (yes, there is a government office dedicated to all things small business):

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Make a point to support your local small businesses. Check out some of our favorite local businesses (or just wonder around your neighborhood, ours is a hotbed of small businesses):

St. Louis Skin Solutions– Medical spa that will help you discover your true beauty.

Thinnergy Medical Weight Loss– A partner for weight loss or maintenance.

Vom Fass– Delicious olive oils and vinegars.

Clair de Lune Lingerie– Lingerie isn’t just for special occasions!

Hollyberry Baking Co.– Cater box lunches or your next party with this local favorite!

Chatelaine Boudoir Photography– Beautiful photographs without any special effects.

Codi Jewelry– Gorgeous, “funky for day, fancy for night” handmade jewelry.

Rack and Clutch– Free range fashion in St. Louis’ first mobile boutique!