Celebrating Small Businesses

business successAs a marketing company, it’s rewarding to watch our customers’ businesses grow. Every day we work with small and medium-size businesses; primarily several employees to 100. These are our community’s entrepreneurs, providing products and services that grow our local economy. Ten, twenty, fifty, or a hundred of these small and medium-size businesses can have much more economic impact than one company that employs 1000 people.

Here are some of the benefits of smaller, local businesses:

  • Local companies tend to be more community-focused, and more likely to get involved directly in local efforts
  • Entrepreneurs tend to support and inspire other entrepreneurs, which spurs more economic growth
  • Successful, locally-based companies tend to be more focused on their employees, providing long-term employment opportunities
  • While it’s sad to lose any business in a community, the impact when a small business closes is not as devastating as when a large business leaves the area

Rural communities will likely continue to have difficulty attracting and keeping large employers. Over the last 50 years in Venango County, we’ve experienced the exit of most of our large industrial companies. New ones have not replaced them. Meanwhile, quietly and without great fanfare, a significant number of smaller companies are growing and thriving. We’re lucky, because we get to hear their stories and witness their successes every day. Now we need to spread their stories far-and-wide, and celebrate their presence in our community!

Written by Blog Contributor: Linda S. Henderson

2 comments

  • Debb kapp

    Don’t forget entrepreneurs who are essentially individual franchisers. Network marketing is an emerging business model that is well suited to todays world and economy. Sadly many people are stuck with impressions tied to past performance in the brick and mortar days of retail. They are missing out on an economical and efficient way to meet product and vocation needs by capitalizing on 21st Century technology, information and innovation. Open your mind; let opportunity in!

  • Rural communities are having an impact on drawing new residents with an interest in being entrepenuers. We are fortunate in this valley to have recreation and tourism as a draw. This unique mix will create a niche in our valley towns and businesses as time passes! Small businesses are the beginning of positive growth🌱

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