Article reposted with permission from Danielle McFadden.
There’s a certain glamour when someone says they own a business. The notion of bags of cash, lots of vacations and a flexible schedule. While that may be the ultimate goal for a business owner, this is far from reality. Most small business owners work crazy hours (late nights, early mornings, holidays…) and carry a tremendous responsibility for not only themselves and their families, but also their employees who depend on them for their livelihood.
7 Reasons to Support Your Local Businesses
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community (and every community, for that matter). It’s important to support them, thank them and celebrate them. Here are seven reasons why you should thank a local business TODAY!
When you hire locally, you are ensuring that our family members, friends and neighbors can make a living. When someone has the resources to live comfortably, they are able to spend money in our community. This is a beautiful circle that helps communities thrive.
Uniqueness and Charm
There’s nothing like walking into a local restaurant or retailer. Their products, services and personality add to the local landscape and create a destination not only for residents, but the region and tourists as well.
Locally Made Products and Services
There’s something so satisfying and inspiring about purchasing a locally produced product or service. If you support Made in America, you can’t get more authentic than shopping at a mom and pop shop in your city or town.
Local businesses play a huge role in a community’s identity. They serve as landmarks, meeting places and a significant source of community pride.
Local businesses sponsor youth baseball teams, donate gift certificates to community nonprofits and host fundraisers. They chose your community to open their business (and invest their time and money) so they inherently care and want to make Little River a great place to live, work and play.
Involvement in the Community
Local business owners and their employees sit on boards, help plan community events and festivals and belong to the local Chamber of Commerce, civic groups, and other organizations. They are invested and involved with their time and services.
Business owners in Little River pay taxes to Horry County, which creates a bigger tax base that directly benefits our community.
What are your favorite local businesses?
Help them by leaving them a positive review online, taking your friends with you next time, or just keep doing business with them.
When you support a small business, it’s a chain reaction. Perhaps you go to a gift shop to pick up a card and a unique present. Next door is a restaurant. You stop in for lunch. While you’re at both places, you snap a few pictures and put them on Instagram. In the matter of an hour or two, you’ve spent your hard earned money at two local businesses AND you promoted them through your Instagram post. YOU created a chain reaction. (What a beautiful thing if we all did that!) So please, make it a point to support your local businesses.