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For Ray and JoAnn Hopkins, owners of Servpro of Sussex County, Small Business Week is an opportunity for national and community leaders to rec- ognize the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners to the country's economy. Ray Hopkins emphasizes there is nothing "small" about small business when it comes to its importance to the nation's economic health. According to SBA statistics, 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales; of those, the 600,000 U.S. franchised small businesses, like Servpro, ac- count for 40 percent of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people. As these local business people work to grow their businesses, they help create 21st century jobs, drive innova- tion, and increase America's global competitiveness. For entrepreneurs like Hop- kins, becoming a franchise owner is one path to small business ownership. "Entrepreneurship is at the heart of a successful small business - the drive to own and grow a business through your own efforts," said Sue Steen, Servpro Industries Inc. chief executive officer. "Franchise or- ganizations like Servpro give entrepreneurs a framework for their ambitions, access to state- of-the-art tools and processes, and a roadmap for sound finan- cial management and growth." Some franchised small busi- nesses offer entrepreneurs an opportunity to own and run their own small business while providing a service to the com- munity they live and work in. With Servpro, for example, franchise ownership helps en- trepreneurs combine their hometown knowledge and the emotional investment they have in their community with access to the latest disaster remedia- tion technology and products. This combination creates a com- munity asset that could prove invaluable to home and business owners who are struck by the unexpected. "I'm proud to be a small busi- ness owner in my community," says Hopkins. "But, as a Servpro small business owner, I know that the unexpected can hap- pen - a flood, a fire, an explosion, a storm, a mudslide, whatever the event might be, big or small. When the unexpected does hap- pen, I'm also proud to know that my staff and I are ready to respond immediately and ef- fectively, to limit the damage to property and disruption to lives in my community. Having both an emotional and financial stake in the community is what distin- guishes small businesses with local owners from other busi- nesses. And that's what makes small businesses such an impor- tant thread in the fabric of this country." Servpro of Sussex County specializes in disaster restora- tion, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "like it never even hap- pened," for both commercial and residential customers. For more information, contact Ray and JoAnn Hopkins at 302-856-9768 or Servpro recognizes Small Business Week April 30-May 6 Celebrating 70 years as lead- ers in innovative and trailblazing commercial and residential de- velopment and management throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the Carl M. Freeman Companies announced a slate of anniversary events including community ser- vice projects, block parties and special concerts. "The story of our company is really a story about growing fam- ily and community," said CEO Michelle DiFebo Freeman. "It's about how we work, shop, live and play. It is the story of mothers and fathers making special beach memories for their children only to return as grandparents and great-grandparents for more memory making. Most impor- tantly, it is a story that we are writing new chapters for every day with new, award-winning projects that deliver excellence and continue our tradition as leaders in sustainability and giv- ing back." Freeman is designing an array of opportunities to celebrate the wide-ranging community build- ing and impact achieved over the seven decades. Current and past employees, residents, shop own- ers and community leaders will gather to mark the milestone and do some good in the process. Ev- ery anniversary event will carry a philanthropic component, from cleanup projects to activities for military families in need. This June a special celebration at Bayside, Freeman's award- winning community in Fenwick Island, will bring together resi- dents and guests. Later this fall, the company will also hold a spe- cial event for employees and their families at the Freeman Farm in Olney, Md. The event will also honor key company stakeholders including investors, community activists and elected officials. In addition to celebratory events, Freeman is launching a comprehensivesocialmediacam- paign for everyone to share their special story. Content will be cu- rated and shared to highlight the broad range of perspectives from employees, customers and mem- bers. For more information, call Freeman Companies launch year of 70th anniversary celebrations