May 112014

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— that is according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. A fact not lost in Salem where everywhere you look in our Downtown District is a successful, charming, eclectic owner-operated small business.

Small BusinessTo recognize the economic and social contributions of such entrepreneurs across America, the SBA is holding its annual National Small Business Week, May 12-16.

Activities will include forums and panels discussing trends in small business, business innovation, financing, growth, matchmaking events, as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies. Among the major cities participating is Boston.

To coincide with NSBW here in Salem, The Enterprise Center at Salem State University is presenting two workshops.

Telephone Marketing, May 13th, 8:30-10:30am: Picking up the phone still works! North Shore area entrepreneurs starting or growing a business should pay attention. The telephone is not only one of the oldest and most reliable methods of starting and building client relationships, but according to the EC in this new digital age where people are inundated with emails, automated menus and flashy advertisements, a simple conversation from person-to-person is often more appreciated and will go a long way to serve your end needs.

Time Management, May 15th, 8:30-10:30am: It’s not about working less, it’s about maximizing your time so that productivity grows! For example, Scott Simon, a former executive chef reveals “As a former regional director, one of my goals was to decrease the amount of time my directors spent on work.” He accomplished this by making them set better goals, managing expectations, and re-focusing their priorities. “During this time, my region grew by 300% and I transitioned multiple accounts to profitability! You can get everything done, grow your business, AND have a life,” he says.

The Enterprise Center will also be serving complimentary coffee and Danish at their workshops.

And, on a national scale there will also be webinars and other live events. Many will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at

It’s a good week to support your local entrepreneurs in Salem Ma.


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