We love to commemorate National Trader’s Day. If you are an entrepreneur, then we want you to celebrate and acknowledge the skills and contributions that businessmen (which also includes women in the industry) make to keep America productive and thriving. This year, Owen and others started calling it National Businessmen’s Day. It may not be a spontaneous proclamation, but what matters is the sentiment.
When is National Trader’s Day or Trader’s Day?
National Businessman’s Day is observed on the third Friday of September every year. This year, it falls on Friday, September 16, 2022. This marks the 12th anniversary of the inception of National Traders’ Day.
If you want to plan ahead, National Businessman’s Day will be celebrated on September 15, 2023.
Irwin Tools initiated National Craftsman Day back in 2011 to honor the craftsmen who build our roads, homes, businesses, and schools. They are responsible for keeping our cars running, our water flowing, and our lights on.
Happy National Merchant’s Day!
National Businessman’s Day is the perfect occasion to express gratitude to any type of businessman. Whether it’s an auto mechanic, home builder, roofer, bricklayer, plumber, electrician, carpenter, woodworker, or anyone who specializes in (or teaches) a skilled trade – they are the ones who keep the world turning. Businessmen represent the lifeblood of America. We truly believe in their importance. They create the things that enable us to move, play, drive, ride, and thrive. Without them, America’s infrastructure and our way of life would come to an abrupt halt.
Mike Rowe on Meet the Businessman
Mike Rowe’s testimony and endorsement of the national movement to restore recognition and promotion of the trades are truly touching and heartwarming. You can watch it here.
It would be a rude awakening to stop emphasizing and encouraging businessmen across the country. We wouldn’t want that to happen in a generation or two. These trades provide respectable ways to earn an honest living. In fact, many have elevated them to an art form. Have you witnessed a Bricklayer’s skills? How about those of a master decorator carpenter or cabinet maker? These crafts are truly beautiful. It remains a mystery why more and more young people are not flocking – seriously – to the nearest skilled tradesman to learn these incredibly valuable skills. Besides the high salaries associated with skilled tradesmen, the level of satisfaction derived from a job well done is incredibly fulfilling. Give it a try and compare it to a cubicle.
In the past, merchants represented the most skilled individuals in society. Governors and politicians may have wielded power, but skilled businessmen received the highest compensation. They were entrusted with the construction of bridges, arches, cathedrals, and commissioned paintings by the most influential local rulers and leaders. Explore these significant passages in Exodus that deal with the artisans commissioned by the state:
“All you skilled craftsmen, make the tabernacle, the tent, the covering for the tent, the hooks, the frames, the bars, the posts, the seats, the ark of the covenant and its bars, the mercy seat, and the screens, as the LORD commanded you. the veil; the table and its poles and all its utensils, and the showbread; the lampstands for the lamps, their utensils, the lamps, and the oil for the lamps; the incense altar, its poles, and the anointing oil, and the incense for the incense, and the entrance of the Tent of Meeting the altar of burnt offering, and its brass grating, and its poles, and all its utensils, and its basins, and its stands; and their cords; for fine garments for the ministries in the sanctuary, the vestments of the priesthood of Aaron the priest and his sons.” (Exodus 35:10-19, ESV)
How do you celebrate National Trader’s Day?
So, how can you celebrate National Trader’s Day? Firstly, you can join Pro Tool Reviews and Irwin and extend your gratitude to traders everywhere (once you start looking, you’ll notice they’re everywhere). You can also encourage students and young people to consider apprenticeships as plumbers, electricians, builders, bricklayers, or in other trades. Or maybe you can offer a refreshing drink to the nearest businessman and say “hello.”
In either case, it is important for you, and hopefully those around you, to appreciate the work that businessmen are doing in America. The goal, of course, is to restore dignity and honor to industries that are quickly being replaced by offshore manufacturing and an unfortunate trend in this country that diminishes the value and job satisfaction of working with one’s hands. We cannot imagine living without the products and services provided by merchants, and therefore – naturally – we cannot live without them.
Other Ideas and Ways to Celebrate
- Call your favorite handyman and simply say “thank you for all you do.”
- Stop by the local jobsite where the tradesman works and leave a box of donuts or cookies as a gesture of appreciation.
- Buy a cup of Merchant Coffee while passing by a convenience store on National Merchant Day.
- If your friend, husband, wife, daughter, or son is a businessman, make September 21st extra special for them.
- Support trade schools that train America’s future businessmen and urge Congress to pass workforce development policies for the technology industry.
- Talk to your kids about the endless career opportunities in the trades and visit SkillsUSA.org to learn more about the national organization that prepares teachers, high school, and college students for careers in technology, skills, and service.
Let’s be grateful and express our thanks. Take a moment to pray for and thank a businessman on National Tradesman Day!
For more information on National Tradesperson Day, check out the Irwin Tools Facebook page.