ACET, Inc. has a staff of 7 employees, which makes us one of the millions of small businesses operating in America today, according to the United States Census Bureau. At a time when a great deal of attention is being paid to the hiring practices of American industries and the effect of joblessness can be felt everywhere, some people believe that the way out is through a greater commitment to the support of small local businesses. Why is this support important, and even beneficial, right now?
Purchasing goods and services from small local businesses ensures that that much more of one’s dollar stays in the local economy as that business in turn invests in other local businesses. Small businesses are much more likely to be in tune with the specific needs of the communities and neighborhoods where they operate, as well as to changes within those communities, and they are more agile with regard to innovation.
At the signing of the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act, President Barack Obama commented that small businesses “are the anchors of our main streets. Small businesses are part of the promise of America. The idea that if you’ve got a dream and willing to work hard, you can succeed… it’s this promise that has drawn millions to our shores and made our economy the envy of the world.” ACET is just such a local promise, founded by New American Stella SiWan Zimmerman, who herself invests in local businesses and employs a diverse work force who are all equally dedicated and willing to work hard for clients. ACET is devoted to community engagement through the development of quality evaluation products and partnerships with the local and state initiatives working to improve outcomes for children, families, seniors, and schools.