(WKTV) - Monday kicks off Small Business Week in the United States, and area chamber of commerce organizations are gearing up for action.
The chambers not only want to urge shoppers to buy local, but to recognize the importance of the small business owner.
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Matt says a number of events will do just that, including presenting five local businesses with the chamber's Small Business Week Award.
Mohawk Valley Community College/The ThiNCubator has won the professional development and training award. The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is being honored for employment growth. Total Solutions has won for member growth and networking. United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has been honored for area pride and the Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center has won for health and wellness.
The first Small Business Week was launched by the U.S. Small Business Association in 1963 as a way of highlighting small business owners and entrepreneurs for their contributions.