ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thousands of mom and pop shops across the country are being celebrated for National Small Business Week. It's a time to honor local owners and highlight their accomplishments.
For Ways House of Flowers co-owner Kristi Batten, weaving together intricate flower arrangements comes easy.
"I can complete one in about 20 minutes"
The Albany based shop owner is one of millions across the nation who owns her own business. And for the next few days they will all be honored for National Small Business Week, a branch of business that can sometimes be neglected, shadowed by big box corporations.
"We are constantly learning, looking, seeing what's in the colors, and the style to keep up with the people," Batten said.
Her journey to ownership wasn't easy. Batten says it was a constant battle not knowing your next step.
"[You] look at your checkbook and think, 'Oh, God. I'm not going to be able to make it this week,' and you see you did," Batten continued.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, two out every three new jobs stem from privately owned companies, meaning more than 50% of Americans own or work for a small business.
"We probably work 12 hours a day and sometimes longer, we are here on weekends, sometimes we might work two weeks straight. It just depends on what we have going on," Batten said.
The hard work was fuel to kick-start her dream.
"You get to see your own business grow," Batten said. "You get to see a vision that you have, and you get to see it come into action."
She says her accomplishments bring her more pride than ever before.
"I am 31 years old and I can say I have succeeded. I have learned how to design and I have learned things that I never thought I could do. It's made me more confident as a person," Batten said.
Experts say some of the key points in making a successful business is to consider the market, make reasonable goals and listen to your customers.