The Best Small Business Stories Of 2021

22 Dec 2021


This past year saw Main Street undergo a rapid transformation, fueled by the Covid-19 pandemic. Faced with funding, supply chain and staffing shortages, small business owners proved they were up to the many challenges that came their way and pushed forward, demonstrating more determination than ever before. And so it makes sense that resilience has been a recurring theme in our coverage, and it’s reflected in this compilation of the best small business stories of the year. Organized in chronological order, each speaks to the strength and adaptability required of entrepreneurs today. 

Forbes launched its inaugural Next 1000 list in 2021 as a year-round initiative to showcase ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups across the country. Accompanying the first installment of 250 honorees was this data-driven story that takes a look at the numbers behind the list and the state of small business. 

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