Small businesses are more prone to business failure in the first five years than larger corporations. Why is this so? There are many reasons why this is the case. A lot of small business owners “have an idea” and begin the operation, without making any long-term commitments or flexible business strategies. Some business owners have the skills to keep the business afloat and make a strong initial foundation, but they are poor judges of character and work ethic when it comes to hiring employees. And, of course, there are quite a few businesses which are damaged due to irresponsible employee behavior and improper management of resources.
Drug and alcohol testing is extremely relevant to small businesses, because it allows owners to keep tabs on the types of problems which would directly affect productivity and reliability. Whereas one or two “slackers” and addicts may not cause a large percentage of corporate damage in a large business, the same number of these characters can almost ruin a small business. Although substance abuse testing has been considered “intrusive” in the past, it is now widely recognized as a reasonable, accurate data collection method which significantly reduces employee turnover and damage to reputation.
An article about small business management describes the five stages of small business growth: Existence, Survival, Success, Take-off and Resource Maturity. These levels of development signal how the company moves from an idea and set-up to a cooperation of individuals and partner companies. Resources and financial prosperity are merely “side-effects” or blooms on the plants. They are not how the business grows or succeeds. One of the most important factors in small business success is the attention paid to the early stages of growth. Without this involvement and forethought, the business is likely to undergo unnecessary changes and small detours which interrupt growth and diversify resources rather than concentrating them. 
Drug and alcohol testing is important in the early stages of small business growth, because standards, structure and integrity must all include safety and reliability. Without these factors, the business will not progress to the later stages. When these mature levels are reached, drug and alcohol testing becomes an expected part of protocol and reputation maintenance. At any level, testing is necessary in order to achieve full potential.
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1. Storey, D. J.. Small business: critical perspectives on business and management.. London: Routledge, 2000. Print.