This week is Small Business Week all over the United States. The Small Business Administration will use various tactics and events to bring attention to the role small businesses play in the US economy. There’s no denying it, small businesses are responsible for creating millions of jobs all over this great nation of ours.
On The Value of Work
The conversation we ought to be having revolves around work. Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Job said this recently:
“The skills gap is a reflection of what we value. To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work.”
As parents and children engage in conversations about the future – What school should I go to? What do I want to do when I grow up? – it is paramount that we consider the testimony delivered by Mike Rowe before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Parents: I encourage you to have your children – regardless of their age – watch this testimony.
On Creating Jobs
For several years, I had the privilege and honor or serving as the president of our local chamber of commerce. Part of my duties included serving on the board of the local Economic Development Agency, something I continued to do after I left my role at the chamber.
This past weekend, This American Life (produced by WBEZ in Chicago) aired a wonderful episode titled “How To Create A Job.”
Again, I encourage you to listen – it will shed light on a few things and make you wonder if we can stop this race to the bottom.
In the end, all I’m saying is simple …. there are conversations worth having, It seems to me that we should be talking about work, the value of work, the definition of work a lot more than we are doing now.