May marks a special time across the United States as we celebrate National Small Business Month, an annual observance dedicated to recognizing the indispensable role small businesses play within our communities. Here in Allegheny County, that entrepreneurial spirit is vividly alive, with small businesses forming the backbone of our local economy and community identity.

It’s no secret that small businesses face myriad challenges, from navigating financial constraints to competing in a market often dominated by larger corporations. Despite these hurdles, their contributions to our economic, social and cultural landscape are profound. They’re not just businesses; they’re the dreams of our neighbors turned into reality, offering unique products and services while fostering a sense of belonging and community.

Small businesses are pivotal in shaping our local economy’s structure. They contribute significantly to job creation, with roughly 70% operated solely by passionate individuals driven to make a difference. Recognizing the critical role that small businesses play, we remain committed to nurturing this entrepreneurial spirit.

Our mission is to empower small business owners by providing comprehensive support tailored to their unique needs. Whether it’s through business plan development, one-on-one coaching or access to financial resources assistance, we focus on uplifting underserved and underrepresented entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the resources and guidance necessary to flourish.

Our efforts, in tandem with other neighborhood and community organizations, are fundamental to creating a thriving environment for small enterprises. During National Small Business Month, we’re reminded of the incredible impact that small businesses have on our communities.

As we celebrate this month, we honor the hard work, determination and contribution of small business owners across the county, city, state and country. Their success stories aren’t just theirs but a testament to our collective growth and resilience. We’re proud to stand alongside these innovators, ensuring they have the support needed to continue driving positive change in our communities.