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Keepin' it local
May 27, 2014
Keepin' it local
The Internet is amazing and opens up a whole world of opportunities we wouldn't normally have access to. Of course, there's also a downside in that it's hurting many of our local small businesses.
I've always been passionate about working for small business. I admire the ambition and drive I see in entrepreneurs and I love to play a role in helping them achieve their dreams. And since joining the ranks of entrepreneurs not quite two years ago, I am excited to approach business owners at the same level and truly understand their concerns and challenges from a first-hand perspective. I get that money is tight. I understand that every penny spent needs to work just as hard as you do to see a return on that investment.
It's also important for us to support each other and "keep it local." Obviously, we're in a small metro area, so some things will require we'll going out of market. But it's important to always think twice. If buying local means spending a dollar or two more (and often it doesn't mean spending even a dime more), isn't it a worthwhile investment in our community?
• Ordering business cards? Think twice about going through those online services. At the very least, contact a few local printers to get bids. If they're far off the mark, call them and ask why there's such a discrepancy and if they can come down any further. Also ask what jobs they specialize in and what types of jobs they would like to be contacted for in the future.
• Ordering books? Think twice about ordering through Amazon. Dubuque's locally owned bookstore offers online selling and can have it shipped directly to you.
• Ordering logo items? Think twice about ordering through an online distributor. There are several local businesses and entrepreneurs with a selection of gadgets and widgets to rival any online company. Plus you're guaranteed a quality product.
These are just a few of the common items that businesses shop for online. Feel free to add your local business offerings in the comments and help us all to keep it local!