Chances are, you already know of a few mom-and-pop businesses in your community. From the family-owned ice cream shop to the father-and-son hardware store, these are the businesses that National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day honors. They’re not just great places to shop, they’re the backbone of the community.
These individuals spend countless hours nurturing and growing their business. The workload demands, and lack of a hired staff, often translates into long and late hours and missed family and personal events. But, all in all, they love what they do. After all, they are their own boss. Together, these locally, independently owned retailers, restaurants, and service providers create stronger and more resilient local economies.
Even if a small business hasn’t been around for generations, it’s still a valuable part of the local economy. Looking toward the future, start-up companies and entrepreneurs have the ideas and ambition to create important solutions to our communities’ challenges. Not to mention, they create the potential for even more local jobs and reinvestment.
New businesses have always been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the U.S. economy. On the retail side, they bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person. And unlike big national chains, they know their products. They are outstanding performers in niche markets.
To celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Day, visit a locally owned business – old or new – in your community. While you’re there, get to know the person working at the front desk, learn about the business owners’ passion and build a new connection to your community. Then, spread the word amongst your friends, family, and colleagues. That’s how the buy local movement spreads and mom-and-pop businesses grow stronger…..shop their stores today, and everyday.