What is a small business
What is a small business? Small business is the common seed of most branded, international companies. Small businesses are the creators of new jobs, not more jobs but new jobs on which the future is built.
Wikipedia defines small business as variable measurements and numbers. Makemi says that a generally a small business in most of the western world is any business of less than 25 full time employees + 20 employees.
This Makemi is a small business service provider company and a website, blog and forum on the Internet for small business owners. After 2 decades searching on the Internet and 5+ decades living with small business it appears that the Small Business Administration (SBA), banks, insurance companies and other financial arms have their own agendas and sales programs without much regard for small business success in far too many instances. Most with altruistic hearts have blogs and Internet posts that educate as to the technology of business, educate and compare as to the attributes of products and suggest choices for buying decisions from the perspective of the seller or educators (those who teach because they cannot do). Most all sites seem to focus on sales; getting their hand on the small business owner’s wallet. This writer has found no Internet sites with substance, experience, expertise, education and content worth of the small business owners. This site is an attempt to change that with a forum, community, a weblog of small business owners. The small business community deserves to speak and be heard. The small business community deserves their own common forum for sharing and learning. Makemi is where the small business voice can be heard. We have years of small business history including experience as a SCORE instructor with articles on buying and selling a small business in the library of the SBA). We have experience as an adjunct (part time) small business lecturer. We grew up in small business and are and have been the owner of small business. We at Makemi felt that it was time for a small business owner’s forum with substance, shared interests and a voice for the small business owners. To the chagrin of many Makemi dares to say that the “King has no clothes”. The Chamber of Commerce, SBA and others have misdirected concern for small business, they propagate false information and actually serve in many ways as a detriment to small business success. Academics, talking heads, pundits, politicians and “caring others” do not serve the wallet and family of the small business owner well.
If there is any disagreement with the perspectives voiced above please. If agreement, please comment. Please share real life scenarios that those in academia, government or all other salaried peoples with paid benefits seldom can appreciate from the perspective of the small business owner. Small business is one of the only places where the “rubber hits the road” 24-hours a day, seven days a week, month after interminable month.
Small business is the doorway from supervised labor to self-supervised labor (small business shop which is really a job) to a company (managing people and assets) such as the following success.
All of the above started out as unemployed with a one-person or two-person small business working 12-20 hours-a-day, often for years, maybe in a garage or motel with canned beans for food, before becoming a company. During those “birthing times” the owners were slaves to and for their own growing success story. Unfortunately, like Broadway in New York where less than 2,000 people make a living off of theater, small business successes while exciting and the dreams of all they are few and far between. Right time, right place, right connections, good luck and the right capital (Groupon began with $1,000,000) seem to be needed with vision, incredible hard work, and perseverance against all odds. The truth of the matter is that small business is the most important part of the commerce of an economy and yet, especially in America, one of the most neglected and least considered contributors to economic well-being of the country. Small business while given great lip service is given little consideration by government, politicians, major corporations and institutions Makemi is about changing that.
Roger Harman, Makemi