I have a passion for locally owned businesses. Not because I am a small business owner but because I appreciate the time and energy and the financial commitment local business owners bring to the game. Small business owners are dreamers and risk takers. They are passionate about what they do!
I have been a supporter of locally owned businesses for years. I will always choose to shop, eat or use a service company that is locally owned over a big chain business. Always!
I have posted about my favorite neighborhood businesses as well as local businesses I have discovered on weekend getaways. My husband and I always gravitate to “the local” whenever and wherever we travel. We had a couple of weekend getaways last summer; Galveston and New Orleans where we supported many locally owned businesses. We supported the local restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, antique stores, and a couple of art galleries. We met wonderful people who love what they do and we were treated like old friends.
A few of my local favs that I frequent at least once a month are; The Local Restaurant, Browse Aroun’ Antiques and the Something Unique Gift Shop. My #1 favorite local lunch spot, The Pear Tree Tea Room, closed it’s doors just before Christmas. They had a great location, loyal following and delicious food. I know things are difficult at best in this economy so the local businesses need all the support you can give them.
Recently I began to follow the blog over at The Red Door Antiques. While surfing through the blog site I noticed a button; the 3/50 Project, saving the brick and mortars our nation is built on. My interest was piqued. I clicked on the button and was directed to a website filled with some very interesting information. I would like to share some of what I read;
3 What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?
50 If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate over $42 billion dollars in revenue.
The folks at the project say that for every $100 spent in an independent locally owned business $68 returns to the community in payroll, taxes and other expenditures. If that $100 is spent in a national chain $43 comes back to the community. Shop on-line and $0 comes back to the community. Check out the movement to save our bricks and mortar companies, they are what built this country.
What’s your favorite local independently owned business? Have you supported them this month? How would life in your community be different if you lost one of these businesses?
- Small Business Saturday: A Guide for Shoppers and Stores (mashable.com)
- SBA encourages shopping at small businesses with Small Business Saturday (edmondsun.com)
- Facebook, AmEx Team Up On Small Business Saturday (allfacebook.com)
- Small Business Saturday (sawyertms.wordpress.com)