To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.
Each year for Small Business Week a theme is created to shed light on challenges in which entrepreneurs of small businesses face. The theme for this year’s Small Business Week from October 18th -24th is entitled “Knock Down the Barriers. Dare to Grow.”
The City of Warman has many small businesses that play an important role in community development. Through the service they provide, the economics they bring, the local jobs they create or even the vibrancy the business brings to the community, they all make Warman a better place to live.
Paul Ryan said it best when he said, “Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere.” There are so many wonderful small businesses in Warman that have come from an idea not only to invest in the community, but to also serve their community. Each of these businesses has a story of how they got to where they are today. Whether they are a business passed on from generation to generation or a recently established business, they all have a story that I encourage you to learn about.
According to a recent post by the Warman Chamber of Commerce, small business makes up over 95% of the Chamber’s membership and these small businesses are the backbone of the Warman and area business community. The Chamber also went on to thank all of the small businesses in the community who have made a significant contribution to the economy, to the job force, and the neighborhoods they work in. I couldn’t agree more with this wonderful tribute to our local business community. Without the courage to take the risk of creating a new business our community would not be what it is today. The long hours, the stress, and the sacrifice often go without acknowledgement, today I want to take the time to say thank you. Thank you for believing in our community and deciding to call Warman HOME for your business.
As residents of Warman, we all want to see more businesses come to our growing community. If we want to see more we need to start by supporting our local businesses in Warman that have chosen this community. Instead of heading to the City, have a look around at what Warman businesses have to offer. You will be amazed at the wonderful variety of local businesses. If we don’t support local, we risk losing these fantastic entrepreneurs and their businesses, as well as any potential new businesses to Warman.
In Saskatchewan, one quarter of Saskatchewan’s payroll earnings are from small businesses and employee earnings from these small businesses are the third highest in Canada and continue to grow. Evident from these statistics, you can't under estimate the value and importance of small business in our community and the local support that is necessary for these same businesses to thrive and survive.
Small business is entwined in the fabric of our community. Take the time to thank these local businesses and entrepreneurs for all that they do. Who supports our community through fundraisers? Small businesses do. Who provides jobs so residents can work in Warman? Small businesses do. Take the time to return the favour, as residents lets support small business in Warman.
Small business isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient and the persistent. It’s for the overcomer. – Unknown