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					Barbara Wold International
Global Retail and Consumer Expert
Balboa Island, CA.

Here are the top five reasons to support a small business:

1. Buying local creates jobs: As the old saying goes, everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Well, the
same could be said for jobs. Congress just changed hands mainly because of jobs, and President Obama’s job is in trouble because of
jobs. We all want more jobs, but no one seems to be able to create them.


But buying local is YOUR chance to do something about it.


Did you know that half of all employees in the U.S. work for small business, and that small businesses create 60 percent of all new jobs? By
participating in Small Business Saturday (and small business Sunday through Friday too) you foster job creation in a very real and tangible
way.


Buy local, create a job.


2. Small business fosters community: What is a community, anyway? It is a group of people with something in common. If you go
downtown in your city, the community you will likely find is one of small business owners. When a downtown has a bustling small business
district, it is usually said there is a strong community there, and conversely, when there are too many empty storefronts, it is bad for the
community.


By buying local then, and supporting your neighborhood small businesses, you are fostering a strong community in your community.


3. Buying local keeps the dream alive: What is a small business? Sure, from an economic perspective it is an entity engaged in
commerce that sells goods or services for a profit. But that dry definition fails to do justice to what a small business really is.


A small business is someone’s dream.


It takes a lot of courage to leave the security of a 9 to 5 job and venture out on one’s own. Being an entrepreneur is a risky enterprise that
usually happens when someone’s passion is so overpowering they cannot help but start their own business. Given that most small
business people have little formal business education and that they are fueled by passion more than profit, they are generally a self-taught
lot who learn as they go, make mistakes, keep calm and carry on.


By supporting small business, you are allowing someone to live the dream another day.


4. Buying local boosts your local economy: There is an economic ripple effect that occurs when you support a small business.


First of all, as indicated, it fosters jobs; the owner needs to hire people to service his customers.


But the economic ripple goes far beyond that. There are the employees with money in their pocket; they spend that money with other small
businesses. Moreover, there is the business owner with profit in her pocket. She spends that on buying more goods to sell, on taking care
of her family, and on growing her business. Then, there is the business. That business pays taxes, which helps build roads and fund
schools and the police.


Buying local creates an economic cycle that helps everyone.


5. Buying local creates a ripple in society: Think about throwing a pebble into a still pond. It creates a concentric circle that starts small
and then ripples out bigger and bigger, right? Well, that is exactly what happens when you support a local small business, and this ripple is
different than the economic ripple. This is a spiritual/psychological ripple.


When a small business person succeeds, it is noticed. It may be a child who sees that dad didn’t have such a kooky idea after all and that
dreams do come true. Or it may be the entrepreneur’s neighbor, who sees the successes and decides that he could do it too.


The ripple grows.
One successful small business begets others. New entrepreneurs create more entrepreneurs. Enthusiasm breeds imitation. Suddenly, that
blighted block downtown is bustling with energy.
And it all starts, literally, when you choose to spend some money at a local small business.
ts, literally , when y ou choose to spend some money at a local small business.

				
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