0817-fiveguys.jpg_full_600-300x200.jpgEven though this month has been about political PR – there is nothing that spells p.o.l.i.t.i.c.a.l. like BUSINESS.

Even today, the U.S. economy is by no means dominated by giant corporations. 99% of all independent enterprises in the country employ fewer than 500 people and these small enterprises account for 52% of all U.S. workers. (1)

  • 19.6 million Americans work for companies employing fewer than 20 workers
  • 18.4 million work for firms employing between 20 and 99 workers
  • 14.6 million work for firms with 100 to 499 workers

Yet, compared to those stats, only 47.7 million Americans work for firms with 500 or more employees. (2)

Companies that started as small businesses and  had the gumption to work around the “supportive help” from the government and grow enough to keep creating new jobs for us Americans deserve some kudos.

I love Five Guys – they are a smart business and used Publicity & PR to get known. PR lends support to marketing and Five Guys has made it work. All the press quotes you see at their restaurants are how Five Guys uses their past PR in their marketing efforts. Listen to the 5 questions that Forbes asked the Founder and his answers on being a family business and the toughest parts. BTW – they are opening in London. Go America!

So when you think of the upcoming Republican National Convention 2012, don’t forget about the businesses that put America on the map! Front Row Tampa Bay will be broadcasting more spectacular business interviews from Tampa Bay’s key influencers that are putting their mark on the economy.

Here’s Obama’s OTR (off the reord) jaunt to Five Guys:

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Here’s to making your own economy,

~Karla Jo

(1)    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
(2)    About.com Economics economics.about.com/od/smallbigbusiness/a/us_business.htm