Thank You Small Business is a global movement in support of small business owners. When you look at the collective contribution of small businesses to innovation, job creation, families, communities, and the economy it is undeniable that #SMALLbizisBIG. And yet – being a small business owner is the most thankless job. Most of the time small business owners are under an incredible amount of pressure and stress and face a constant onslaught of their families, teams and communities wanting more from them. They are also bombarded with marketing and sales pitches.
Thank You Small Business is for small business owners. It is our thank you gift to them.
Say Thank You to the humans behind small businesses for all that they do by supporting them and celebrating them.
Create local, authentic opportunities for small business owners to be seen and acknowledged for all they do.
Build a global network of Partners and Champions dedicated to thanking small businesses locally and globally.
Remind everyone that #SMALLbizisBIG and, that our small businesses are driving jobs, investing in communities and driving the global economy.
Started in 2008 in Canada, Silver Lining spearheaded The Coalition Committed to Growing Small Business – in partnership with Staples, Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, RIM, Citi Cards, Rogers, WestJet, and UPS. This 3-year national project to bring the resources of these large companies together to support small businesses. It was an incredible success that taught us that when you stop selling and marketing to business owners – and you help them – everyone wins.
Inspired by The Coalition, in 2013 Silver Lining officially formed our Global Movement – Thank You Small Business. With founding partners like American Airlines, Citrix, Nespresso and hundreds of local marketing partners we have successfully implemented numerous initiatives reaching millions of small business owners.
$30,000 IN RANDOM ACTS OF THANK YOU
Directly impacting 50 small business owners who received amazing gifts from our sponsors.
2000 ATTENDEES AT TYSB WEBINARS
Offering practical advice on how to build more profitable and sustainable businesses.
75 MEDIA MENTIONS
All of which we beautifully telling the story of Thank You Small Business.
1000+ BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS
Amongst participants, hosts, sponsors, community partners and many more – and that is only counting the ones we know!
300+ LOCAL MARKETING PARTNERS
Shared and invited their networks to participate in our TYSB movement.
1.5 Million + SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Received a direct and personal email asking them to get involved in TYSB and take advantage of the resource center created especially for them.
10 THANK YOU EVENTS
Over 1500 small business owners in attendance for a direct local impact by only working with local vendors and partners during the tour.
25,000 HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU CARDS
Delivered to small business owners to personally thank them including access to our TYSB resources.
RANDOM ACTS OF TY
SMBs can be nominated or submit a request to get help, support, or make a wish come true. We will randomly grant SMBs requests throughout the year. Everyone is eligible to participate, and anyone can contribute to making the SMBs dreams/request come true.
TY OFFERS & TY DAYS
Our partners have a ton of practical knowledge and actual resources to help small businesses grow. Each partner had put together a high value Thank You Offer that is available to small businesses all year long. Also, small business owners can submit a request for help and, throughout the month of May, executives and employees from our partner companies will come visit you for a day and help you grow!
TY CARDS & TY GATHERINGS
Thank You Small Business gathering is an initiative where TYSB champions get to nominate and host a gathering at one of their local small business who they believe are doing outstanding work. They may also host TY Writing Card Campaigns, spreading love and thanks to the small businesses in their local community with the help of peers.
Thank You Stories are all about celebrating amazing small business owners from around the world and giving them an opportunity to share their voice to a global audience! We are continuously on the hunt to find small businesses doing amazing things. We then profile them on our website, social media channels, our Emag as well as Entrepreneur.com!
These Champions are the heart of the movement and the extension of TYSB into local communities. They are our “thank you scouts,” helping us identify amazing small businesses that are doing amazing things. They scout, gather, write, thank and love small businesses around the world.