Yes, the region's largest chamber of commerce says this will be its first such week. Hard to believe for a 210-year-old organization that says 85 percent of its 5,000 member companies have 100 or fewer workers.
"We scratched our heads on that when we were kicking [the idea] around last year," said Rob Wonderling, the chamber's president and chief executive officer.
Coming off a monthlong Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, a weeklong Philly Tech Week, and Philly Start-up Weekend April 26 to 28, aren't we in danger of week du jour overload?
Wonderling, a former state senator from Montgomery County, recognizes the potential for a themed week's getting lost in the blur. He alluded to the special days and weeks approved regularly by the legislature for people, organizations, causes, and more.
But a small-business week will help the chamber counter the perception some have that it is the voice of big businesses, he said.
Most of the 160 events the chamber conducts each year are geared toward its small-business members. Grouping a series of events under the banner of Small Business Week will "magnify that's who we are," Wonderling said.
Title sponsor Verizon signed on to promote events such as a May 16 webinar by an executive coach on developing a "don't quit" attitude and a May 17 program by Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger, who studies "social epidemics" - the online viral variety, not the coughing-up-phlegm kind.
Still, I think I will need to start a National Take a Break from Special Business Weeks Day, when I stay in the office making phone calls, sending e-mail, and writing columns. In short, working. Not celebrating work. Just working.
Care to join me?
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