6 Inspirational Quotes On Small Business, Breaking Stereotypes And Resilience

16 Jun 2021


Chef Tom Colicchio says entrepreneurs are “the lifeblood of our communities.”  Lawyer-turned-influencer Meena Harris calls them “a glimpse of the future.” And Techstars’ CEO Maëlle Gavet believes they are “solving today’s challenges.” The Next 1000 Judges weigh in on Main Street’s engines.

After one of the toughest years on record for the nation’s more than 30 million small businesses, one thing is certain—the American dream is alive and well. Those who weathered the storm pivoted to meet the moment: 95% of owners adapted their businesses in some way, and 50% launched new products, services or sales strategies, according to a recent survey of 10,000 small businesses by Goldman Sachs. Meanwhile, millions of Americans searching for jobs or purpose in their newly remote work lives fueled an explosion in entrepreneurship not seen in decades. 

With our Next 1000 list, we’re on a year-round mission to shine a spotlight on the intrepid sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups redefining what it takes to build and run a business today. All have less than $10 million in revenue or Series A funding, but infinite drive and hustle. 

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