What makes Massachusetts special? That is the question we ask you to ponder this week. Is it our historic roots, our diverse mix of cultures, our leadership in innovation industries or just a good old New England town that come to mind?
No matter your particular response, there is one fundamental answer to this question: What both residents and visitors consider special about our state is largely a result of our local small businesses. It is that neighborhood family restaurant, the local hair salon, that tech start up, and the mom and pop main street store that make Massachusetts unique.
Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, ambassadors of our culture and history, and the drivers of our state’s future development. While we are fortunate to be home to any number of international corporations and institutions, what truly keeps our economy moving forward are the nearly 585,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses who call Massachusetts home. They span hundreds of industries driving innovation while also providing a paycheck and food on the table for many families throughout the Commonwealth.