Let me say this – EVERYDAY OUGHT TO BE A DAY OF CELEBRATING AND SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES. We should make every effort to shop with them, patronize them, and promote them. Because small businesses bring vibrance to local communities throughout the U.S., it’s critical that we support them. With the holiday season upon us, many of our small businesses are depending on us to put them and/or keep them in the ‘black.’
Small businesses bring something to communities that large retail stores simply cannot. In other words, the importance of small businesses cannot be discounted because of their size. We cannot overlook them because they may not have all of the latest technology gadgets. Nor can we downplay them because of what they offer. When we stop to think about it for moment, small businesses must be honored for their commitment to community development.
As I mentioned, small businesses are able to offer what many large retailers cannot. Let me share with you a few advantages of shopping and patronizing small businesses:
- Owners know their customers by name which make for great community relationship
- They support the community through volunteering and giving back to local sports teams and civic organizations
- They tend to hire from within the community
- They have a habit of helping distressed individuals/families with money and/or groceries
I want to encourage you to support small businesses year round. The money you spend with them goes back into the community. Let me drop this in your spirit – if you want to see local small businesses grow, you have the power to make it happen.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author of The ABC’s of Making Business Networking Work For You and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey