This week, June 17-21, we celebrate National Small Business Week. Last May, I wrote a blog about National Small Business Week 2012. Without intending to be redundant, I believe that small business is still good business.
While many people regularly enjoy places like McDonalds and Starbucks where the sense of familiarity breeds monotonous choices, but without the variety of the local coffee house and friendly neighborhood burger joint, life would be a little more boring. More importantly, our economy would surely suffer tremendous ills if they all get replaced by big box stores and chain outlets.
The United States established the National Small Business Week in 1963 to recognize the important contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. You may or may not know this, but more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. More than half…Wow! Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Huge kudos to the small business owner!
Personally, I have always been a big fan of mom and pop shops, and I try to show my support whenever possible. In my humble opinion, the small coffee café almost always offers better coffee than the colossal coffee chains. They always seem to be friendlier and more appreciative of my business too. In my neighborhood, I always get great customer service from my local hardware store. While they may not have quite the selection of Home Depot, their customer service is impeccable (if you want to know, Brown‘s Hardware* in Falls Church, Virginia has been in business since 1883. That’s not a typo…since 1883!). It is hard not to make the occasional trip to Home Depot, but it would be a shame if you don’t have a “Brown’s” in your neighborhood…hardware store or otherwise.
As individuals, we always make personal choices, and whenever possible, please choose to patronize small local businesses. It is understandable that you can’t do it all the time, but please do it as much as possible, and especially during National Small Business Week.
Everybody believes it is patriotic to show support for our troops, but I believe that it just as patriotic to support your local businesses. We are all counting on you, and thank you, for your support!
Steve – aka “theguyfrom4staff” www.4staffllc.com – 4Staff is a small business, based in Washington, DC.
*Brown’s Hardware is in Falls Church, VA, but as one online reviewer wrote, it is just like Mayberry. “Quality – Very good. Appeal – Very good. Service – Excellent! Please don’t ever close Brown’s Hardware. These courtly gentlemen who work here will help you and advise you on how to solve your problem. It’s like stepping back in time to Mayberry 1950″.