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I wanted to talk about why I believe it’s important to support local small businesses.  And, just to let you know, I have asked a few small local business friends to answer some interview questions.

I will be including these folks in my Support Local Small Business Series.  It’s important to walk the talk.  They won’t all be jewelry.  But it will be so much fun to introduce you to some of my friends!  And, you may find something you’re interested in as well.  That’s my hope.

Small businesses tend to support non-profits

Local businesses are more accountable to their local communities and donate more money to non-profits. Supporting local businesses is good for the environment because they often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies.

(https://blog.mass.gov)

Support the Local Economy

By supporting a small business, you’re also supporting your local community. Spending your money there helps to stimulate the local economy and keep business booming within your local region.

(https://businessdegrees.uab.edu)

Small businesses contribute to local economies by bringing growth and innovation to the community in which the business is established. Small businesses also help stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities to people who may not be employable by larger corporations.

(https://smallbusiness.chron.com)

Strengthen the Community and Culture

By purchasing food and other goods produced locally, consumers help stimulate their regional economy, help create and retain valuable jobs, support families, and strengthen community and culture.

(https://greenbusinessbureau.com)

Backbone of the Community

Small businesses provide character and individuality to a community. It is neighbors helping neighbors ― friends helping friends. … Small businesses are the backbone of their local communities. More specifically, if you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays within your local economy.

(https://medium.com)

Supporting Local Business Quotes

“Choosing to support an independent business is an act of respect; it’s acknowledging the tremendous risk and challenges inherent to starting your own thing.”  Matt Kliegman (co-founder – The Smile, The Smile To Go, Black Seed Bagels)   

“Small businesses are the bedrock of entrepreneurship.”  Sougwen Chung (artist).    

“You get to be a contributor to the realization of someone else’s dream!”  Lotta Nieminen (illustrator, graphic designer, art director).

(David Haber, My Say, Dec 1, 2016, CEO & Co-Founder of Bond Street)