Their are a number of simple ways you can help local owned and operated businesses over the holidays. Here are a few and please suggest others below. We all can make a little more difference in our local economy by bring more of our attention and money to local owned businesses.
2) Write a review of local owned business on-line and be specific about what you liked about the business any why people should buy or shop at the store. For example on Yelp or Google Maps. Even consider taking a picture of the business and include it with the review. #ReviewLocal
3. Check-in local if you can using Facebook check-in, Google+ check-in, Foursquare or anything else you use to check-in with.
4. Use the Hashtage #ShopLocal and/or #BuyLocal on post referencing local owned businesses. Often #shoplocal is for local brick and mortar business and #buylocal is for buying local produce.
5. Use this site to find local owned and operated business for other ideas. http://inside919.ning.com/
Local Owned and Operated where the local owners control all their marketing and can buy supplies from who ever they want. These business keep the most money in your community. A local example is New World Coffee shop, Sola Coffee shop and Harmony Farms Natural & Organic Food in Raleigh NC. Next is locally owned franchises, they keep more money in the community then direct owned but often they spend money out of the area for advertising, franchise fees and often have to buy all their products from the main office our of the area. It still is better then direct owned like Walmart, Starbucks or a local Radio Shack (not all Radio Shack are direct owned). Local owned franchises keep more money in the community then direct owned because the owners often live in the community. One way to find local owned and operated businesses is by going downtown in a small town for the direct owned seldom show up there.
What are other ways people can support local owned and operated business?
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