Startups And Small Business

This evening I am speaking to the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center’s group of small businesspeople.  These are the nuts and bolts people that run businesses all over Chicago.

Some of them are pretty large.  Some, just a mom and pop.  But each is valuable because it has customers and it adds to the fabric of living in the area. What would Chicago be without its hot dog stands?

How would you tell small businesses to plug into the burgeoning startup community?

I have some ideas.  I think that there is a symbiotic relationship between small business and startups, especially at an early stage.  Too often, we think they have an adverse relationship.  Startups putting small business out of business.  But often, that’s not the case.

There are plenty of companies I know of that small businesspeople can use to make their business larger.  Dabble would help them brand.  KapowEvents can help them get more customers. Smarteys can help their employees save money.

I think that small businesspeople have more to fear from massive big box retailers-not startups.