Business Sustainability: Did you know –

Yes there are jobs here, there is growth here, and yes, we are proud to be here. Thank you Cleveland County Chamber staff, partners, and members for all your hard work and the rewards we all benefit from.

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small business make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms?
small business account for 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs?
small business accounts for 46 percent of private-sector output?
small business accounts for 43 percent of high-tech employment?
small business accounts for 98 percent of firms exporting goods?
52 percent of small business is home-based?
there were 27.9 million small businesses in 2010?

you can see, small business is the back bone of the economy. Our hat’s off to all of those small business who provide jobs for our community and help make this country strong.”

This was written in a letter from the Cleveland County Chamber President. I am so impressed and cannot say enough about our fabulous Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce. Our recent involvement in the Chamber’s activities has revealed so much opportunity right here at home that I feel we have been missing out.

Recently, I attended the Industrial Round Table organized by the Chamber. The meeting provided an opportunity to hear how area businesses tackle problems in today’s tough, regulation-burdened environment. It was developed with the thought that each business can support the other by purchasing from them whenever and whatever we can.

At this event, I learned the state of North Carolina acquired new business growth of over 2 billion dollars this year. Also, Cleveland County alone is responsible for more than 1 billion dollars of that growth.

Yes there are jobs here, there is growth here, and yes, we are proud to be here. Thank you Cleveland County Chamber staff, partners, and members for all your hard work and the rewards we all benefit from.

Patricia Burkhart is the executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is an IFMA CSP, EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

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