National Small Business Day Wed, May 10, 2017
We’ve all heard the funny misconceptions about SlideBelts. I don’t know about you, but when I tell people I work for a belt company, I’ve gotten “conveyor belts..?” quite a few times. And then there are the dreaded people who spell our name “Slidebelts,” “slide belts” or even the ones that shorten it in emails to “Slide” as if belts was our last name..?
There’s also the people who mislabel us, with which I’m sure at least a few of you have replied with: “No, that wasn’t us on Shark Tank” “Yeah...we’re a little bigger than a start up” or am I the only one who just keeps explaining and doesn’t stop when people chuckle at the term “ratchet design” when showing our buckle?
Anyway, of all the assumptions or misconstrued notions of what kind of business we are, I never get offended when people mistake us for a “small business.” Coming from a family whose dad started his own business, I even take it as a compliment. Granted, we’re much bigger than my dad’s one-man electrical business, and still much smaller than those Silicon giants, the term “small business” has a rather comforting connotation that accompanies it. One that somehow implies a team of hardworking and determined people. So since today is National Small Business day, whether you consider us one or not, be proud when people call us one, and go support one yourself! *Cough cough* Sourdough anyone?