County, EDC Recognize National Small Business Week 2023

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County, EDC Recognize National Small Business Week 2023

St. Croix County Board Chair Bob Long and St. Croix EDC President Aaron Sundeen teamed up earlier this month on a joint proclamation recognizing National Small Business Week 2023, April 30-May 6. They called on county residents to reflect on the importance of the week and celebrate achievements of small businesses. Nationally, the week celebrates the resilience, innovation, and economic power of America’s small businesses and innovative startups.

Small businesses are catalysts for local economies and support the livelihoods of residents.

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are 33.2 million small businesses in the U.S. accounting for 62.7 percent of net new jobs (1995-2021). Small businesses represent 99.9 percent of all businesses and 99.7 percent of all businesses with paid employees. Wisconsin boasts nearly 462,000 small businesses or 99.4 percent of all businesses and St. Croix County has more than 2,300 employer establishments.

St. Croix EDC plans several visits to business and industry around the county during the week to celebrate their collective impact and contributions.

“Small businesses in St. Croix County are the heartbeat of local economies,” said Aaron Sundeen of St. Croix EDC. He added, “They pioneer innovation and create opportunities for families and workers in the St. Croix Valley.”

On April 4th, SBA’s Wisconsin’s district office named 11 small business and organizations as its 2023 SBA Wisconsin National Small Business Week honorees. Hudson, Wisconsin-based Croix Valley Foods (CVF) was named SBA Wisconsin’s 2023 Small Business Exporter of the Year. CVF is owned and operated by Damon and Lu Holter. Earlier this year, St. Croix EDC honored CVF as its 2022 Small Business of the Year.

Learn more about National Small Business Week 2023 at