Support Local Businesses

Support Local Businesses

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      S B

      Philadelphia, PA

We are living in hard economic times. Corporations are laying off tens of thousands of workers. But are the owners of these corporations losing their jobs? Probably not. However, this is not the case with local businesses. When they lose income, they may be forced to close down their life's work. I saw this happen to my brother in law who lost his bookstore and cafe. Now he's on unemployment. Some local businesses have been handed down through generations of families.  The community dies when these businesses go under.

I am teaching my family to distinguish between a local business, a franchise and a corporation. I've explained why we always must try to give local business our money. In these difficult times, corporations will offer tempting credit card deals while some local businesses cannot afford to take credit period. But you win when you pay with cash as you keep within your means, plus you are helping people who work hard stay afloat and make a living. Let's keep small responsible business alive.

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    • Lyndsey Price YONKERS, NY
      • over 4 years ago

      If you go on Itsy and other small business sites, you can help them as well. Don't forget the flea markets and garage sales. That is income that is much needed. As a jewelry designer who lost out because of all the junk coming in from the orient, I couldn't help but compare the quality of my work compared to what I saw was total crap in the department stores. I found that many consumers would rather pay low dollars for low quality, than a few dollars more for something nicer and unique. Don't think some of my designs weren't stolen. By the way, a small local store can be incorporated, all it takes is one person to incorporate. It's crazy to do so, but some do. Occasionally they have other stores in other locations and then they most certainly would incorporate for various reasons. But a major corporation is a monster. I had to approach corporate offices to get my designs seen. You bet I rarely heard from them except to see my stuff made over cheaply and crummy on one of their jewelry display racks. They are disgusting and have ruined and stolen from more creative and talented people. And when a big corporation files bankruptcy, have a laugh. They will open under a new name. Support your local stores. Some have been kind enough to take my merchandise.

       

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    • Timothy Bishop, CMSM ELLENSBURG, WA
      • about 5 years ago

      The Ellensburg Downtown Association is Celebrating Independents July 3 through 11.  We'll be featuring business profiles on our myspace and facebook pages throughout the week showcasing our local independent buisnesses and ending the week with a downtown sidewalk sale, live music, farmers market and more.

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    • starvin marvin HOOTERVILLE, NORTH DAKOTA, AND TAFFEE, MINNESOTA A, OR
      • over 5 years ago

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    • Timothy Bishop, CMSM ELLENSBURG, WA
      • over 5 years ago

      You can support independent locally owned businesses when you shop on line at http://www.shopmainstreet.org/ 

      ShopMainStreet.org is a national e-Commerce portal designed and administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street center that connects savvy shoppers with unique “mom & pop” businesses in historic “Main Street” settings.

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