Running a Business Caring for Children - Small Business Week is For You Too!

In May we recognized your contribution as the caregivers guiding our children through parts of their budding lives but now it’s time to appreciate your contribution to our nation’s economy as entrepreneurs and small business owners.

It’s National Small Business Week, in fact it’s the 50th anniversary!  The Small Business Administration (SBA) is celebrating with various live and online events throughout the week.

I am betting that when you describe what you do to someone the first things that come to mind are what you do with/for the children and parents.  You plan activities and lessons, execute those plans, set up your child care environment to engage and encourage learning, you change diapers and help potty train and you provide healthy snacks to school-aged children and  help them with their homework.  This is a rewarding and time consuming part of your daily job but many of you are small business owners.

You are running a business.  Purchasing food, tracking expenses, invoicing parents, collecting money, paying assistants, creating contracts, building or expanding your services, changing locations to service more families and much much more. 

Give yourself a round of applause.  I raise my glass and say “Cheers, to you.  You are doing two very separate and important jobs.  You are caring for our children and taking on the risks and hard work that go along with owning and running your own business.  Thank you!”

All of the SBA sessions are taking place across the country and are being streamed live so you can take part from wherever you are.  Sessions such as “Finding Capital for your Business,” “Wildly Successful Social Media for Small Business, and “Totally Incredible Business Blogging,” just to name a few.

Links and Resources:

  • Schedule for National Small Business Week
  • Home and Live Stream for the National Small Business Week event
  • – The Small Business Administration’s website.  They have free trainings, online and local in person.  Tools to help you with your business needs.  And if you are a woman, they have an additional set of tools and opportunities for you.
  • Google+ Hangouts: Include Getting Started with Social Media, How to Get A Business Loan, Managing your Business’s Online Reputation, and How a Mentor Can Help Your Business 

Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building