Small Business: 15 Interesting Facts

We love small businesses. We are a small business. As most of you know, fifteen years ago, amp consisted of Matt Simms, his laptop, a plastic chair and the local Kinko’s. Today, amp is home to ten individuals and several large printing and finishing machines. Due to Matt’s hard work, amp is now known around Nashville for its local roots, its entrepreneurial spirit and its friendly atmosphere.

We’re proud of our company’s history and all small business employees who enrich their community. In honor of National Small Business Week, we wanted to share a few interesting facts and advantages of small businesses.

Small Business Facts

1. There are 28 million small businesses in the U.S.

2. 70 percent of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person.

3. Nashville was chosen as one of six locations by the U.S. Small Business Administration to open a Women’s Business Center across the country in 2015.

4. 29 percent of Tennessee’s economic activity is due to small businesses.

5. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.

6. It takes just 6 days to start a business in the US, compared to 38 days in China.

7. It costs 6x as much to start a business in India than in the US.

8. Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year.

9. Immigrants make up 12.5 percent of small business owners nationwide.

10. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said it was our small businesses that powered our recovery after the Great Recession.

11. America is one of the few countries that give entrepreneurs a seat at the President’s cabinet table.

12. Small businesses pay 44 percent of the country’s payrolls.

13. Local business generates 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail.

14. The U.S. transports and ships $2.2 trillion worth of products from over 150 countries each year. International shipping and transport result in 1.1 billion gallons of fuel used and1 billion metric tons of CO2 per year. Shopping locally helps cut down on processing, packaging and transportation waste, leading to less pollution.

15. If every family in the U.S. spent an extra $10 month at a locally owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our economy.

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amp’s current location

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amp at Cummins Station, its previous location.

Promotional Postcards and Stickers Galore

We love printing promotional postcards and stickers. There’s so much you can do with them, and they allow a lot of room for creativity. Below are three products that showcase some of our unique printing capabilities.

Project #1: Bongo Java Promotional Postcards

Every spring and summer, the whole Bongo Java Roasting family creates signature coffee drinks for Nashvillians to enjoy. To promote these fun, wacky drinks, Bongo Java decided to produce promotional postcards exhibiting each drink. Pioneer Creative developed the designs, and we took care of the rest. Just when we thought we couldn’t love Bongo Java more…

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Beets me how they came up with this one, but we love it!

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Orange you excited about this drink?!

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Thanks a latte for the cute dog pic!

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Sounds just peachy, Hot & Cold.

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A coffee a day keeps the doctor away.

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We’d kill for this drink year-round, Fido.

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Party in the front, business in the back.

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Final products on display at Fido’s

Project #2: American Born Moonshine

These days, we can put a sticker on anything. Although I bet you wouldn’t think this was a sticker, right? Our printing capabilities allow our “stickers” to appear as if they are painted on top of your product of choice. This result is due to a combination of factors: the right material, careful measurements, a very strong adhesive and experienced employees. If you were hoping to buy one of these babies, don’t get your hopes up — these Yeti coolers were for American Born Moonshine employees only. But you can always create your own..

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Project #3: CJ Advertising

Can you guess how we created this timeline? Yep, stickers again. Printing on corporate offices’ walls has become our new favorite pastime. It advertises a company’s history, values, services or products; it creates a great first impression for office guests; and it brightens up a dull space. Of course, we come to your place before we start printing to discuss goals and obtain exact measurements.

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