“Small business is big business in Colorado.”
Look for that phrase on a bumper sticker near you in the coming weeks. Joel Anderson of Killam Gas Burner Company came up with that slogan in response to a contest, held by our Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC), seeking the best words to sum up small business in our state.
Anderson borrowed the phrase “small business is big business” from his grandfather, an insurance salesman, and then added the “in Colorado” to the end.
We couldn’t agree more. Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy, making up more than 90 percent of all companies in the state, and Colorado is ranked No. 4 in the nation for the number of sole-proprietorships. Colorado is also known as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship, and lots of those big ideas are coming out of small operations.
Anderson said he especially enjoys working for a small business because, in his words, “it is more of a passion; a lifestyle.”
Tameka Montgomery, executive director of the SBDC, devised the bumper sticker contest as a way to show community-wide support for small businesses.
“Small businesses are so important to our economy, and I want them to know that we – and the community at large – support them,” she said.
The “Small business is big business in Colorado” bumper stickers will be available beginning March 9 during the Denver Metro Chamber’s annual State of Small Business Breakfast.
To register for the breakfast, go to: http://www.denverchamber.org/Events.aspx?eventid=2574.
Learn more about the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center here: www.denversbdc.org