For many small companies, the communities they belong to are the lifeblood of their business.
When you live and work in a community, and hire people from the community, it makes a big difference to the success of the overall neighborhood. Small business owners can play a vital role — from providing sponsorship for the little league to supporting the school band with new uniforms.
But being a part of a community goes deeper than peppering houses with flyers or coupons: the most successful local businesses are those that make an effort to connect with and contribute to that community – in both tangible and intangible ways. The key is making that support and impact meaningful.
The following small business owners know the value of connecting with the community — the place, the people and how they relate to each other. They have found ways to give back — while benefiting their revenues, too.