Sunday kicked off National Small Business Week


(KUTV) -- This Sunday kicked off National Small Business Week, led by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The #SmallBusinessWeek recognizes outstanding small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the United States.

Now more than ever before, #SmallBusinessWeek matters for entrepreneurs and small businesses of all sizes, according to Dan Norberg, U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Director.

He told 2News Anchor Mary Nickles that nationally, 30 million small businesses are operating with 2 out of every 3 jobs created from a small businesses.

He added that 99% of businesses in Utah are small businesses, and of those, half a million employees are employed by small businesses.

"Small business is the fabric of our economy," Norberg said.

A small business is considered to be a company with 500 employees or less, such as FatBoy Ice Cream (Utah's Small Businessperson of the Year), Hatch Family Chocolates and Cookie Cutter Salons, Norberg said.

"The goal is to make them become big businesses," Norberg said about the small businesses.