Even if you don’t have the resources or the time to get personally involved in a project right now, shopping small is the greatest gift you can give to our small businesses right now! Every time you spend a dollar, you are voting for the types of businesses and products you want to see in your community. By making a conscious effort, and going out of our way to shop small, you can make a HUGE difference in the lives of your fellow citizens and entrepreneurs. These big corporations don’t need any more of our money. Your neighbor needs your funds to keep their shopkeeper or waiter employed, their kids in your local little league and all their vendors in their supply chain working. It really is a beautiful trickle down effect. Next time you make a purchase, please consider finding a way to find this item locally. While the ease of Amazon and large chain restaurants is sometimes hard to resist, it doesn’t help your local shop or bistro keep their doors open. From food, to furniture and clothing please do a quick google search on which businesses are small, private or family owned and operated before you make a large purchase.
Why is this cause important?
We believe that small business is the backbone of our community. Nearly 60 million Americans are employed by small business owners, that’s 47.3% of the entire US workforce! With numbers like that, we can’t afford to ignore them. Especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. These brave people need our support, our funding and our mentorship. On average, only half of all new businesses make it past their first year, we believe that education and mentorship can help reduce this percentage by making aspiring entrepreneurs more prepared for the stresses and unexpected obstacles of business management.