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BBB Trends: When a passion turns into a business — from dream to reality is how small businesses start

By Sandra Guile
Better Business Bureau

A dream starts out as just that – a dream, a doodle on a napkin, a far-fetched idea with intangible edges. Then, details of those dreams become clearer and clearer, with practical steps hashed out over a cup of coffee. Concepts are built in basements and garages, backyard sheds and barn floors. A spark is ignited into a passion so strong it drives a person out of bed in the morning before the alarm goes off. That’s how a dream is turned into a reality, and it’s how many small businesses get started.

Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the United States each year, according to the Small Business Administration. Since 1963, the President of the United States has set aside a week to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. That makes this year the 55th anniversary of this national weeklong celebration for America’s 30 million small businesses, and Ohio’s more than 900,000 small businesses.

Industry experts say this is an exciting time to start, work for, or own a small business. There are several resources available to help turn a dream from a doodle on a napkin into an actual brick and mortar store or an online establishment. Groups like the Small Business Association, SCORE, Ohio Small Business Development Centers, the City of Cincinnati Department of Community & Economic Development, or the Ohio One Stop Business Permit Center are easily accessible, and aid both new and established business owners in doing their best.

BBB also works to foster small businesses in the marketplace. By partnering with them, helping them grow, and expanding their network, BBB helps them become leaders in their local communities. Local events and resources are available to empower small businesses and their employees. Learn more about the programs on bbb.org.

So, if you have an idea for a business just waiting for a spark, let your passion drive you. Reach out, ask questions. Take part in the next Small Business Week. Join in at the next business networking event. As a customer, support a local small business. Stop in, shop, and say thank you because they worked hard to be where they are today. And, if they’re BBB Accredited, they’ve certainly earned it.

Sandra Guile is Community Outreach Specialist for the Better Business Bureau.

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