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Today is March 7th, and welcome to The Daily Quote – a podcast designed to kickstart your day in a positive way. I’m your host, Andrew McGivern, and I’m happy you’re here with me today.

Today, we celebrate National Be Heard Day, a day that urges small businesses across the country to make their presence known. It’s a reminder to all of us, not just small business owners, to raise our voices, to stand up for what we believe in, and to make ourselves heard in this noisy world.

Small businesses play a crucial role in economic growth by creating jobs, driving innovation, and responding to changing market demands. They are often cited as the backbone of the economy for their role in creating a significant number of net new jobs.

Small Businesses:

  • Make up 44% of U.S. economic activity.
  • Globally, SMB’s account about 70% of total employment.

Driver of innovation: In the United States, small businesses produce 16 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms. Globally, SMEs represent about 90% of all businesses.

Diversity: Small businesses promote economic diversity by supplying a wide range of products and services. They also provide opportunities for women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups to enter into the business world.

Resilience and Flexibility: Small businesses are known for their resilience and flexibility, allowing them to adapt quickly to market changes and challenges, which is crucial for economic stability and growth.

In honor of National Be Heard Day, a day that empowers small business owners and entrepreneurs to make their voices heard, we spotlight a quote from a small business celebrity who has mastered the art of being heard in a crowded marketplace. It’s a day that reminds us of the importance of speaking up and out for what we believe in and what we’ve created.

The quote of the day comes from Daymond John, a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a recognized business mogul and an influential small business celebrity through his role on “Shark Tank.” He once said:

“Don’t wait for the ‘perfect time.’ You will wait forever. Always take advantage of the time that you’re given.”

Daymond John’s journey is a testament to the essence of National Be Heard Day. Starting with a simple idea and a lot of heart, John turned FUBU into a global brand, making himself heard above the din of a competitive industry. His advice speaks volumes to small business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere: the time to make your voice heard is now. There’s never going to be a perfect moment to launch your business, to introduce a new product, or to pitch an idea. The “perfect time” is a myth. The time you have right now is your greatest asset.

Linking this back to National Be Heard Day, it’s a call to action for all of us. Whether you’re running a small business, dreaming of starting one, or simply have something important to say, take advantage of today. Make the most of the time you’re given to raise your voice, share your vision, and make an impact. It’s not about waiting for silence to speak; it’s about speaking so that the world goes silent to listen to you.

So, let Daymond John’s words inspire you today. Don’t wait for the stars to align to make your move. Whether in business or life, the time to act, to speak, and to be heard is now.

Thank you for joining me today on The Daily Quote. Let’s all make an effort to be heard, in honor of National Be Heard Day. Remember, your voice matters, and the world is waiting to hear what you have to say. Have an inspiring day ahead, and never forget, the perfect time is now.

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