Small Business Week: 11 Fascinating Facts & Passport Contest

Small Business Week 2023 is April 30- May 6.

Small Business Week 2023 is April 30- May 6. Small businesses are the backbone of America – and Ohio. Small businesses (500 or fewer employees) make up 99.9 % of all U.S. businesses. In honor of the week, we have put together some fascinating facts about the businesses that make our country, and state, run.

Did you know …

  • 99.9 % of U.S. businesses are small businesses.
  • There are 33.2 million small businesses in the U.S.
  • 46.4 % of Americans are employed by small businesses.
  • There are 61.7 million small business employees in the U.S.
  • 99.6 % of Ohio businesses are small businesses.
  • There are 996,693 small businesses in Ohio.
  • There are 2.2 million small business employees in Ohio.
  • 44.7 % of Ohio employees work for small businesses.
  • 24,670 small establishments opened in Ohio from March 2020 to 2021
  • The largest percentage age of small business in Ohio are in the fields of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • There are over 49,200 small businesses in Greater Cleveland – roughly 5% of all Ohio’s small businesses.

Small Business Passport Contest

Show your support for Greater Cleveland’s vibrant  business community. In honor of Small Business Week 2023, COSE has created this passport to get you out and about town, shopping local. Complete at least one action – though we’d love you to do them all – and post a photo tagged #clesmallbiz on Instagram (not a story). Winners will be randomly selected at the end of the week to receive a locally-sourced gift basket.

COSE Small Business Passport

For more on Small Business Week – and why EVERY week is small business week at COSE, visit COSE.

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