When it comes to small business, it can be easy to think of mom-and-pop shops or family-owned restaurants. But did you know that nearly 80,000 employees throughout the Triangle work for a small business? In fact, more than 79 percent of businesses in the Raleigh region are classified as small businesses. Whether it be local entrepreneurs, retail shops, or budding tech startups, the Triangle small business community has a little bit of something for everyone.
Small businesses are deeply woven into the Triangle’s own sense of identity. Homegrown apparel staples like Raleigh Denim, RUNAWAY brand, and House of Swank are worn proudly throughout the region. Thanks to features from Offline, a company dedicated to shedding light on the Triangle’s best kept secrets, local artisans and restauranteurs welcome regular customers alongside out-of-towners on the hunt for the most Instagram-able dish or place. The Triangle’s business community also has been influenced by the small business turned multinational corporation, Red Hat. Born in Raleigh, this company now boasts nearly 12,000 global employees, many stationed throughout Red Hat’s multiple Triangle offices.
To celebrate National Small Business Week, a website has been created to help Triangle residents show their support for small business owners and entrepreneurs. With information about events throughout the community, resources for small business owners, and information about the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) available on the site, the website aims to provide Triangle residents with everything they need to celebrate and learn about small business successes in their own backyard.
The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wake County Economic Development are proud to support the efforts of small business leaders throughout the Triangle. A recent study by the Milken Institute found that Raleigh was the nation’s #2 Best Performing Large City in America. Bolstered by the proliferation of small business owners across the city, Raleigh and the Triangle are in a period of unprecedented growth. With the help of a thriving small business community, the Triangle provides jobs for the region’s impressive talent pipeline and greets more out of network new residents each day. As the Triangle continues to embrace small business growth, our community will come to be known nationwide as a place where good ideas, paired with a dream and determination, can grow and succeed.