Small Businesses Continue to Contribute to West Virginia’s Economic Growth | Editorials

  Small Businesses Continue to Contribute to West Virginia's Economic Growth |  Editorials

Warner’s office handles new business registration and the mandatory paperwork businesses must file to remain licensed to operate in the state.

“Small businesses with fewer than 10 employees are critical to our state and local economy,” West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner said. “The same is true for thousands of self-employed entrepreneurs, many of whom work from home.”

Highlights

  • The growth of small businesses is a key factor in the state’s tremendous economic performance despite the pandemic, as West Virginians from Mount Hope to Martinsburg and Wheeling to Bluefield found ways to take their talents and form successful businesses.

  • “In 2020, West Virginia saw a substantial increase over previous years in new business startups. The pandemic created job losses that forced entrepreneurs into starting their own small businesses as a means of survival,” he said.

In proclaiming National Small Business Week, President Joe Biden touched on businesses that have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 while providing valuable service to their communities.

We are proud to see that effort firsthand in the North Central West Virginia region in a number of new business startups in a variety of fields.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck last year, it posed a historic challenge to America’s small businesses. From coast to coast, in big cities, small towns, rural enclaves and Tribal communities, small business owners and workers demonstrated remarkable courage and resilience, adapting to sudden changes in our way of life and stepping up to serve their communities,” he said.

“Across the country, small businesses extended helping hands to their neighbors during the pandemic’s darkest hours, all while entrepreneurs and employees worked tirelessly around the clock to keep their businesses afloat, make payroll and ensure the safety of their teams and customers,” Biden said.

It shouldn’t surprise us that small businesses were there to help and were able to adapt to the challenges. They’ve been doing it down through the years because they have little choice. Whether a sole practitioner in medicine or law or an owner of a small niche retail shop, small business owners have had to be able to adjust to the times.

They’re also oftentimes the first to lend a hand to individuals and groups in their communities. They are the first to donate time or money to community projects, to sponsor a youth league team or high school program.

They are members of the local chamber of commerce, other civic groups and the churches that provide spiritual, emotional and other support to those in their cities and towns. “The American entrepreneurial spirit is a defining quality of our nation which time and again has lifted us to new heights and carried us through our greatest challenges. Small businesses are not only the engines of our economic progress — they are the heart and soul of our communities. During National Small Business Week, we celebrate our nation’s small businesses — the pillars of their neighborhoods,” Biden said.

We applaud the many individuals and families who have worked to prosper not only for themselves and their loved ones, but also for the region and state. And we look forward to working together, building a bigger and brighter future for North Central West Virginia.

WV News, which publishes The Exponent Telegram, is a proud member of the North Central West Virginia business community and joins in the celebration of small businesses that have long helped weave the tapestry of community spirit that abounds in the region. And he’s exactly right — the pillars of our neighborhoods.