"When you choose to support a local business, it's more than just a decision about which building to walk into. It's about the people and relationships, the familiar faces and iconic places that make your town worth visiting."
Ten ways you can support independent businesses this weekend:
1, stock up on groceries at your local supermarket, 2, pick a new local attraction for family fun such as mini golf, batting cages, paddle boat, kayak or bicycle rentals, 3, make a stop at the corner bakery for pies and donuts,
Don't give the same thing as everyone else. Many chain and big box stores all carry very similar items found from coast to coast. But the real deal, the unique things, now THOSE are often found in the smaller, local shops around the community. Take a few minutes to make sure you can plan something special.
Celebrated during May 1st through the 7th, National Small Business 2016 will be the 53rd observance of this event. Find resources and free downloadable materials at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/media "Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories." See more at the SBA social media guide here.
For me, being a small business owner is so much more than "just" a job or position. It's something which cannot be purchased because while the acquiring of a retail shop or restaurant does involve changing of ownership and funds, you can't buy that character; years of connections and sense of community. You can't fake it if you don't genuinely care about what you do because people will see right through you. And it's often not something one does in an effort to get rich quick or build up enormous wealth rapidly; while that is undoubtedly a benefit and goal, it's not always the most important aspect of being the proprietor or owner.
What it's like to be a small business owner? • It's that familiar sensation which sweeps over you during the night, as an idea comes to you and you feel that excitement about a new direction or possible dream; • It's what makes you turn on the light and reach for a pen to jot down your vision of things to come; • It's being able to reassure a loyal customer that they are in good hands and that you have their best interest at heart; • It's that excitement you feel upon waking up, ready to get moving early and head into work to launch your day because you can't wait to share it with the world; • It's a feeling of grateful happiness as you see your loyal customers stream into your shop because you offer them the best possible selection and service; •It's the smiles of favorite customers as they find what they need with you, that you can provide a service, item or something that serves a special niche; • It's knowing that you are a part of something more than just profit, larger than your storefront with roots deeper than most people will ever dream of.
"Responsible for creating nearly two-thirds of net new jobs in the United States each year and employing more than half of all Americans, small businesses have always been a vital part of our country's economy. As outlets for creativity and ingenuity, small businesses do more than create jobs and foster growth -- they represent the spirit that has always driven our Nation forward. Throughout National Small Business Week, we celebrate the irreplaceable role these enterprises play in our national life by pledging to support them and equip them with the tools and resources they need to succeed."
You can order directly with the people who will make and deliver something special. Recently when I ordered a gift, I was able to chat with a friendly person who helped me figure out what I wanted.....not just some random 800# clerk. And, I helped a local business.
A 1-800-FLOWER place doesn't care about your best friend; your mom or your wife. But an independent florist may remember which arrangement you sent before...what color your aunt loves...and they are the people you actually speak to on the phone.
Why reroute your order through a call center? when locally-owned shops are right in your area! Here are two sites to help you locate a real flower artist: http://www.amiba.net/real-florist/ http://reallocalflorists.com/ This graphic and article was posted by Fairfield Flowers, a family-owned and operated full service Eugene, Oregon florist. They specialize in "quality flowers and personal service to both our customers and their recipients for more than 20 years". Read these notes about why choosing a locally owned florist is important.
Visit Fairfield Flowers at http://www.fairfieldfloral.com/index.htm. Make sure to check out this article as well for the scoop on wire services and "The Art of the Middleman"! From Dover, Delaware, Jen-Mor florist offered this advice on why you may want to spend a few extra minutes to make the better choice. Their shop has been serving the community since 1971!
"How do you want your flowers to show up at a funeral home? I'm sure this box has embarrassed many people. I've asked a few funeral directors how they handle this when it arrives. Most said they leave it in a back room and give to the family later. I had one tell me he puts it in the viewing room as is because he is not a floral designer. Call a real, local florist."