National Small Business Week is set for May 5-11 and the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce plans to celebrate local small business owners.

Tallassee Chamber of Commerce director Jerry Cunningham said small businesses are the heart of small-town America.

“They really are a driving force in a small city like Tallassee,” Cunningham said. “The chamber hopes to begin spotlighting various business owners who go above and beyond what is asked of them. These business owners do things like sponsor local youth sports leagues and give to those in need. There are a handful of local business owners who regularly give back to the community and it is these businesses that will be showcased by the chamber.”

For more than 50 years, U.S. presidents have proclaimed National Small Business Week. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which creates two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories who work to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Tallassee has many small business owners and the chamber of commerce is an excellent tool for networking and branding in the area. To join, call 334-283-5151.