It’s National Small Business Week. Since 1963, National Small Business
Week has recognized the contributions of entrepreneurs and small
business owners throughout the U.S. This year, TNJ.com got an exclusive interview with small business expert Rick C. Wade, a former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce, to find out the status of small businesses in 2013.
When Ursula M. Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp., delivered
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 145th commencement address in
2011, she advised
the graduates to look for and seize the “awesome opportunities” that
exist alongside the “sobering challenges” of the day. Reading the bios of TNJ's “40 Under Forty”
honorees and listening to their life stories during interviews for their
profiles in the magazine, it’s as if Burns had sat down all of these
young men and women as they were leaving school and drummed the same
message into their heads.