a total of 30.7 million small businesses in the United States. This translates to small businesses making up 99.9% of American businesses. On the other hand, medium-sized businesses are making their own economic impact. The Government of Canada found that 21,926 of all Canadian companies (or 1.9% of Canadian firms) were medium-sized businesses. While many may have their attention on Fortune 500 companies, these statistics prove that SMEs (Small to Mid-size Enterprises) help drive the economy of any nation forward. But what are the exact contributions of small and medium-sized enterprises? In this article, we list three specific impacts and how SMEs became an economic force to be reckoned with.
There are several recognized models for change management. Each model has its benefits and its sacrifices. Each model can, in effect, be tailored to a business and its leadership as indicated by Grant Shaw in his article 4 Change Management Models for Your Small Business. Some models have value as a communication tool to choreograph large-scale organizational change. This is useful during business process re-design/restructuring or if a company is re-branding. Others have value as an outline to structure continuous or targeted changes that happen on a much smaller scale. An example would be transforming the function of a specific department within a larger company.
There is a basic principle of change management that applies to both large and small companies – some people will embrace change while others will resist it. When faced with change, small business owners have the added pressure of having limited resources which means that making good decisions about investing in change is critical. There is not much room to make poor strategic decisions when managing any small business, let alone when purposefully making a change within the company. Quite often, change management in small businesses is unsuccessful because there is a lack of communication and follow through with a change management plan, according to Robert Half, a specialized staffing firm. There are several tips that will help small businesses harness change so that they can get a competitive advantage in their market.