With approximately 28 million small businesses in the United States, Main Street U.S.A. continues to be the heart and soul of our economy. Here are the facts: Almost half (42 percent) of the U.S. workforce is employed by a small business. The most recent ADP Small Business Report® revealed that in March alone, small businesses were responsible for adding 43 percent of total new jobs in the United States. They produce nearly half (46 percent) of the private nonfarm GDP.

Every day I'm motivated by the drive and dedication of the entrepreneurs and small business owners we serve. So I'm proud to announce that once again we are continuing our role as a co-sponsor of U.S. National Small Business Week (NSBW), May 1 – 7, 2016.

This important event was convened by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) more than five decades ago and consists of a week-long series of events that take place in multiple locations across the country. NSBW provides a forum to recognize leading small business owners and an opportunity for them to meet with and learn from like-minded peers.

ADP® offers information and resources to small businesses throughout the year. For example, here are two recent events in which we focus on supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners:

  • On April 28, ADP hosted a free webinar on ways for employers to make their companies a talent magnet. A recording of the webinar is available on demand here.
  • On May 2, ADP's own William O'Connell will join an SBA panel discussion about cyber security -- a challenge businesses of all sizes face -- to discuss best practices small businesses can follow to help mitigate cyber-security risks. This panel will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/nsbw.

As small business owners continue to be on the front lines in the war for talent, many have found that working with an HR expert who can provide the information, tools and services they need can help them remain focused on achieving their business goals and help enable them to remain competitive in the marketplace.

I encourage everyone -- not just during NSBW but throughout the year -- to always think of your local small businesses and help support them with your patronage. They truly are the engine that keeps our economy humming.

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