Here’s What Happens When You Support a Small Business

A good friend of mine posted this article’s feature image on his Facebook page; he recently left a successful career in corporate marketing, and is now an entrepreneur. He posted the following quote along with the photo:

 

This is so true. I never saw it this way but it is a reality. – Roger G.

 

As someone who has been on the entrepreneurial grind for about four years now, who has made MANY sacrifices along the way, and is a dad of three year-old twins, this photo resonates deeply with me.

For this post, in addition to the items listed in the feature image, I’m going to list a few other ways supporting small businesses is helpful.

And I’d like you to add to this list by leaving additional helpful items in the comments section. I will update this list with all of your input. It would be great to see this list grow to well over 100 items.

To be clear, I ain’t at all mad at the big company CEO for building her third holiday home-more power to her. But people need to know their support of small businesses MATTERS.

Ready? GO!

 

When you buy from a small business, you are:

  1. Helping a little girl get dance lessons
  2. Helping a little boy get his team shirt
  3. Helping a mom and dad put food on the table
  4. Supporting a dream
  5. Helping a parent teach her children that they should follow their dreams, and not make choices like being a doctor or an attorney because they think it’s safe
  6. Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit
  7. Helping a small business pay their employees who also have family counting on them to provide food and shelter
  8. Supporting your local economy
  9. Supporting the backbone of the U.S. economy
  10. Supporting investors who risk their capital to make many small businesses a reality
  11. YOUR TURN…
  12. Keeping more of your money in your community http://www.amiba.net/resources/studies-recommended-reading/local-premium/
  13. Strengthening the diversity of products and services in your community giving yourself more options to choose from
  14. Supporting other local businesses that are supported by the business you’re supporting
  15. Supporting the local non-profits that are supported by the business you’re supporting
  16. Because the American Dream is about independence and the audacity to prosper beyond our imaginations. Our families worked hard so we could be leaps ahead. Hence we owe it to ourselves, our supporters and our families to over come the challenges to be successful business owners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature image credit: unknown

8 thoughts on “Here’s What Happens When You Support a Small Business

  1. Absolutely agree! We need the support of our communities oftentimes to continue chasing the dream everyone is so glad we’re chasing.

    A well-loved jazz spot and restaurant recently closed in Dallas. Everyone is upset. But, if you don’t eat there, they can’t stay open on “every now and again” visits. As a mompreneur and recent self-published author, I know the sacrifices I make and how stressful (and expensive) building a business can be. Thanks for the article! I hope everyone that can will shop small!

  2. Great list James, here are a few more

    11. Keep more of your money in your community http://www.amiba.net/resources/studies-recommended-reading/local-premium/
    12. Strengthen the diversity of products and services in your community giving yourself more options to choose from
    13. Support other local businesses that are supported by the business you’re supporting
    14. Support the local non-profits that are supported by the business you’re supporting

  3. 15. Because the American Dream is about independence and the audacity to prosper beyond our imaginations. Our families worked hard so we could be leaps ahead. Hence we owe it to ourselves, our supporters and our families to over come the challenges to be successful business owners.

Please leave a reply