30+ 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

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

For maximum attention, nothing beats a good mistake. Unknown

Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast. Tom Peters

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

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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

Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be. John Wooden

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

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

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If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. Ken Robinson

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

If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail. It takes backbone to lead the life you want. Richard Yates

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

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

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing. Denis Waitley

empowering small business quotes

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

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

People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. Peter Drucker

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

Failure is an attitude, not an outcome. Harvey Mackay

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

Inspiring Small Business Quotes

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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

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

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Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. Robert T. Kiyosaki

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

It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts. Zig Ziglar

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

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

Ideas in secret die. They need light and air or they starve to death. Seth Godin

Fall seven times and stand up eight. Japanese proverb

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Edward de Bono

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs