National Small Business Week: Quotes from Successful Small Business Owners

The SmartBiz Loans team celebrated National Small Business Week with quotes from our amazing customers.

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing the special week and recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Why is this so important? More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Keeping small businesses healthy and growing is great for the economy.

At SmartBiz, our team works hard every day to help small business owners get funds they need to hire new employees, purchase equipment, strengthen cash flow, purchase commercial real estate and even consolidate high interest debt. We reached out to a few of entrepreneurs we’ve worked with to get their best advice for other business owners.


Bryan Tracey owns SkateXS, a California company that makes beginner and pro skateboards for kids. Reviews of his product and service across the web are overwhelmingly positive.

“I received a very fast, informative, and kind email in return!”

“Great product – GREAT service”

“Perfect board, perfect customer experience.”

Tracey knows that the customer is king. Here’s his advice for business owners:

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Asha Waterstreet turned her passion for fine foods into a business. Tasteful Additions is a Rochester, NY shop selling gourmet salts and vinegars, tableware and luxury body products. She started her business as a “one-man-show” and encourages other entrepreneurs to persist.

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Donna Ayers and her husband couldn’t find a way for their son to practice baseball in inclement weather. They turned that problem into a solution and founded Sandlot Sports Academy in Corning, NY for ten years. They have big plans for the future and simple advice for other small business owners seeking expansion.

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