74+ Best Small Business Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community in which the business is established.  Inspirational small business quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Small Business Quotes

A big business starts small. ― Richard Branson

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. — Thomas Watson Sr.

Just go for it. Don’t be afraid. You’re always going to wonder, ‘What if?’” —Sarah Lawrence

I grew up in a family business… that really has provided the core of my belief in American small business, and in America’s ability to grow and operate important businesses that can compete and be successful. — Karen Mills

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You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business. ― Zig Ziglar

I may be over the top on this, but I just don’t want to like my competitors. I want my people to believe that whenever he and our other competitors succeed, we will be less able to do all the things we want to do. — Phil Knight

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. — Debbie Fields

For maximum attention, nothing beats a good mistake. — Unknown

Bringing great people onto your team is about demonstrating that size really doesn’t matter – people do. ― Jess Campbell

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. — Napoleon Hill

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. — Eleanor Roosevelt

In America, a small business is a big deal. — Bob Beauprez

Make something people want” includes making a company that people want to work for. ― Sahil Lavingia

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. — Peter F. Drucker

I would rather earn 1% off 100 people’s efforts than 100% off my own efforts. — John D. Rockefeller

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. — Ronald Reagan

There is no greater country on Earth for entrepreneurship than America. In every category, from the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, where I live, to University R&D labs, to countless Main Street small business owners, Americans are taking risks, embracing new ideas and – most importantly – creating jobs. — Eric Ries

A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in. ― Nicole Snow

Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solves each problem as they came. They helped themselves and they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They keep going regardless of the obstacles they meet. — W. Clement Stone

My definition of ‘innovative’ is providing value to the customer. — Mary Barra

If you’re going to run a small business, you need to know what everyone is doing, be the first one in and the last one out, and work weekends. — Glen Mazzara

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. ― Jack Welch

Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us. — Angelo Sotira

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. — Bill Gates

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. — Douglas MacArthur

The government’s Small Business Administration reports that small businesses represent 99% of all employers in the U.S. and are responsible for generating well over half of the new jobs created. — Ellen Tauscher

Find a great mentor, someone who has already been through the many challenges of being an entrepreneur. ― Jodi Levine

Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. — Wayne Huizenga

Because, you know, resilience—if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities. — Jeff Bezos

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. — Rosalynn Carter

You are not your resume, you are your work. — Seth Godin

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. — Vince Lombardi

Don’t spread yourself too thin… focus trumps freneticism any day. ― John Coleman

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently… A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large. — Henry Ford

Innovation almost always is not successful the first time out. You try something and it doesn’t work and it takes confidence to say we haven’t failed yet.… Ultimately you become commercially successful. — Clayton Christensen

Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. — Zig Ziglar

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. — Steve Jobs

No matter how fast you push to open and how hard you try to stay on budget, little things pop up constantly. But, we’ve learned to deal with them with laughter and a shrug rather than with anger and frustration. — Cayla Marvil

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer” – Nolan Bushnell

Failure is not to be feared. It is from failure that most growth comes. ― Dee Hock

When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge. — Robert Kiyosaki

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. — Drew Houston

Where do you put the fear when you choose to innovate? The fear is there, but you have to find a place to put it. — Seth Godin

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. — Bill Cosby

Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers. — Elizabeth Arden

Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last. — Ian Hutchinson

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. — J.K. Rowling

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. — Truman Capote

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. — Albert Einstein

Spend time upfront to invest in systems and processes to make long-term growth sustainable. ― Jeff Platt

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. — Thomas Watson Sr.

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. — Jeff Bezos

We used to write this down by saying, ‘Move fast and break things.’ And the idea was, unless you are breaking some stuff, you are not moving fast enough. — Mark Zuckerberg

Know your communities well! Ask your customers questions and get feedback, get to know them and their needs, chat with other small businesses, work together, and above all: support each other!” —Andrew Young

It’s better to grow your employees, steer them into a place that they can learn and succeed, and want to work hard and be loyal, than to have a revolving door of employees. That’s demoralizing. — Glen Mazzara

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. — Dr. Seuss

Help your team feel more connected to your company by incorporating the right digital technology tools into their workflow. ― Andrea Meyer

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. — Thomas Edison

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. — Steve Jobs

Our most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. — Bill Gates

The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world. — Marc Benioff

The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity. — Tom Peters

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. — Dwight Eisenhower

There is no finish line. There are only mile markers. ― Michael Ventura

The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow. — Ingvar Kamprad

When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue. — Josh James

There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: It’s to change the world. — Phil Libin

You can’t ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new. — Steve Jobs

The more you engage with customers the clearer things become and the easier it is to determine what you should be doing. — John Russel

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. — Herbert Swope

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. — Paul Hawken

Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives. — Russel Honore

This is the key to time management – to see the value of every moment. — Menachem Mendel Schneerson

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