“Local businesses form the backbone of any community because they bring people together, build the character of a local area, and help regional economies thrive.”
There are so many ways small businesses benefit the community; they create jobs for locals, they encourage economic growth, and they lessen the environmental impact – just to name a few. Think about your local salons and barbershops, laundromats, sandwich shops, banks, and even financial service companies. They each bring personality to your community and add something unique while also sharing common values and characteristics. Small businesses contribute to their communities and make a difference in many ways. Some even inspire others because they spark innovation and problem-solving.
Here are five key ways small businesses can positively impact a community.
LOCAL BUSINESSES SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND HELP CREATE A THRIVING COMMUNITY
One of the great ways local businesses can affect their communities is the support they offer each other. You’ll often see local businesses sponsor various youth activities, such as a local restaurant sponsoring the high school soccer game, or other school organizations. Small businesses also tend to support one another through volunteer work, donations, participation in community activities, and simply by shopping at each other’s businesses. There’s a sense of pride in being part of a community and providing quality products and services for the betterment of its residents.
INCREASE CITY REVENUE TO INCREASE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS
Local businesses pay local taxes which means more revenue goes back into the community. That additional revenue means more money for improvements to city roads, schools, and other needs.
Owning a small business often supports other small businesses by creating more jobs, making daily needs more accessible, and increasing their city’s revenue. Plus, people in the community often feel more inclined to shop at small businesses because they see it as supporting their city, neighbors, and local families.
EXPANDING THE COMMUNITY BY CREATING LOCAL JOBS
Local businesses create local jobs. Increasing small businesses means creating more jobs to encourage more people to stay in the area. This not only allows people to work closer to home, but also improves the quality of life for the community by increasing city revenue, creating a more self-sustainable community, and connecting the community together.
ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INDEPENDENCE
Successful local businesses inspire others to consider starting their own small businesses, encouraging innovation and healthy competition in your local area. This is essential for any city to thrive and generate new ideas to create diversity in a community.
Another way small businesses encourage entrepreneurship is by providing hiring opportunities to local high schools and community colleges, giving students hands-on experience to learn professional skills and what it takes to run a business.
VARIETY IN THE TYPE OF SMALL BUSINESS ADDS TO A COMMUNITY’S CHARACTER
From family-owned restaurants and landscapers to local boutiques and childcare services, electricians, plumbers, etc. a wide variety of small businesses can enhance a community’s character. Each small business fills a specific need with a personal touch that often reflects the community around them. Small business owners can connect with their clientele on a more personal level and get to know their needs and desires. This cultivates innovation and healthy competition, allowing different businesses to recognize and fill different niches.
HOW BLOSSOMBOOKINGS IS LEADING THE WAY TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITY AND LOCAL BUSINESSES?
“BlossomBookings gives you numerous options to market your local business and drive more traffic from the local community. All you have to do is explore what is in your marketing funnel and make appropriate decisions.”
Ecommerce platforms like BlossomBookings is a growing part of not just retail, but the local economy as well. This gain in income can boost the local economy. Local businesses should look to selling online as not just an increase in revenue, but as a way to further connect with their local audiences and expand their name in the community.
While brick-and-mortar is far from gone, business listing planforms like BlossomBookings are becoming a major part of how we shop. There is one thing that we can do this year, and that is to support our local businesses — the ones in our community. It is great for us to say to promote, but it is on us to help support our local businesses and help our community. Let’s do it together by being a part of BlossomBookings!