Small Business Week was first introduced by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Since then, every single president has given their signature recognizing the decree. Communities depend on their local businesses to thrive and build their reputations, and in turn, grow their economies. Because of this, choosing family-owned restaurants, small clothing stores, and independent workers of all kinds is key in not only helping your community, but supporting those driven enough to do what they love and give back.
Buy from local grocers
Having to buy groceries every week can be tedious and time consuming for many people, so why not support the local farmers and grocers who provide these goods directly? By putting your money towards these hardworking business owners, you are effectively putting that money back into the community. As an added bonus, the foods you purchase at local grocers may be surprisingly more delicious than you’d expect.
If you’re looking to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner out on the town, consider your community’s family-owned restaurants rather than large chains. The quality of the food tends to be much better, the atmosphere is more accommodating, and the service is greatly improved due to a higher level of appreciation for patronage. Local restaurants depend almost solely on members of their community to stay afloat. Though tourists may come and go, the business of those who do not actually live within a reasonable distance cannot be relied upon for smaller restaurants. Do your part within your community and grab a bite at local restaurants.
Spread the word
There is perhaps no better way to support your local businesses than by telling anyone and everyone about them. Now with the powers of social media, this strategy has been made easier than ever. Visit the Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Instagram accounts, and much more of any business that has such, and share it with your friends. The internet allows the possibility for these businesses’ names to reach far and wide, leading to a potential increase in traffic, or even sales.
Another, more important way of spreading the word is passing on the values of supporting local businesses to younger generations. This can continue to the success of your community’s small businesses, as well as spark a potential entrepreneur to start a small business of their own.
Local businesses should be greatly appreciated by those within their communities as means of keeping them thriving, relevant, and unique. For people who wish to contribute, this year’s Small Business Week begins April 30th, and lasts until May 6th.