In addition to Rise’s commitment to helping small businesses grow through free payroll for Canadian small businesses, we like to provide encouragement to entrepreneurs and startup founders alike with inspiring quotes for small business owners. We’ve compiled this roundup of 12 wise words from business leaders and entrepreneurs on how to reach grand achievements on the small business level.

Quote #1

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

“A big business starts small.”
-Richard Branson

Great ventures start from small beginnings, and that includes your small business.

Quote #2

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

“You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business.”
-Zig Ziglar

Your people are the builders of your business.

Quote #3

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

The popular saying, “quality over quantity” also rings true when it comes to small businesses.

Quote #4

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

Build a strong environment in which your people can best support you in building your small business.

Quote #5

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

Small businesses provide a big opportunity to make a difference in the world of business and beyond.

Quote #6

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

Effective leaders are committed to turning their vision into reality with the full effort of their team.

Quote #7

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

Mentorship helps you navigate the ups and downs of managing a business. With a great mentor, you can learn lessons from their experiences and ask for valuable tips and advice.

Quote #8

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

Focus is key. Spreading your resources and attention across too many fronts can affect your business growth.

Quote #9

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

Let yourself fail – it’s the best way to grow.

Quote #10

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

“Spend time upfront to invest in systems and processes to make long-term growth sustainable.”

-Jeff Platt

Invest in long-term initiatives for the benefit of your small business as you scale.

Quote #11

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

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

As John Crowley says, “the most effective action HR can take in a small business, is to digitize and centralize their personnel files.” Get into the best practice of maintaining a centralized, digital HR database to establish a foundation for company growth.

Quote #12

Inspiring Quotes for Small Business Owners

“There is no finish line. There are only mile markers.”
-Michael Ventura

No job is ever fully complete, also when one challenge is completed, another rises on the horizon, leading you and your company to the next stage.

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