It’s the height of summer, and our small backyard garden is thriving. When you taste fresh, home-grown tomatoes and vegetables, you realize the difference: There is a big difference in foods that are locally grown vs. those that are shipped from across the country and across the globe.
This idea of locally grown is a great metaphor for small business. Local businesses are the heart of a community. They come from the community and are there to serve it. This makes them truly special. In the 11+ years that Specialized Cleaning Technologies has been in business, we’ve made it a point to subcontract only locally-owned businesses. Everything from our business cards to advertising, to company uniforms and furniture refinishing – we support local. Because we are a locally owned and operated business ourselves, we understand the care and attention to detail that goes into serving a community. There is more than a bottom-line at stake – local businesses take pride in what they do. They strive to do it well, to gain a good reputation and to make a positive impact. In the process, local businesses hire – you guessed it – locals! Offering employment to other members of the community, whether they become our own employees or we subcontract them for various business needs – it’s a big part of keeping the community healthy.
So when it comes time to call on your insurance company for any kind of repair or restoration, ask them if they support local businesses, not just national franchises. If they don’t, tell them that you want them to. More often than not, you will find that locally owned business outperform franchises. And wouldn’t you much rather have a flavorful, sun-ripened garden tomato, than something mass-produced? We sure would!