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Six Great Ways Local Businesses Should Give Back To The Community

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Six Great Ways Local Businesses Should Give Back To The Community
Six Great Ways Local Businesses Should Give Back To The Community

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016
By: J.P. Mascaro & Sons
Categories: Main Category

"If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody"

In order to become and remain successful for any period of time, a local business needs the support of the surrounding communities. Business entrepreneurs who learn and practice the methods necessary to gain and maintain this support will position their company to compete with the largest national companies of the same industry.

It’s critical for locally-owned businesses to participate in the local community on a regular basis. Not only in an effort to optimize every opportunity and increase business, but to “do well by doing good”. It’s an age-old proverb that is the ultimate “win – win” for a business and for its employees, when approached with a clean heart and a right spirit.

Promote Other Local Businesses

Together we all rise as one. Local businesses that form a community among one another and work to support and promote each other are often the most successful as a whole. Buy local as often as possible and always establish methods to encourage your employees to do the same. Promote other local non-competing businesses on your website and within your business.

Donate a Community Pet Park

Donate or purchase property to establish a community pet park. Local community members and business partners often have pets of their own. And properly-cared-for pets require routine time outdoors. Give the community pets and their caretakers a beautiful outdoor space to run, play, and be healthy. Each time someone passes through the gates or past the signs, your business is positively promoted.

Sponsor Youth Scholastic, Athletic, and Musical Endeavors

Whether now or in the future, you and / or your employees may have children involved in scholastic events, sporting events, musical events, scholarship funds, and more. When you dedicate your business to supporting these events, you are supporting the children’s education and social growth while positively promoting your business to the local people.

Sponsor Community Events

Involving your business in the sponsorship of local events like races, blood drives, eating and cooking contests, growing contests, and more, places your company image in the forefront of constructive community involvement. What makes it even better is when one or more of your employees or a family member is participating in the event.

Help to Build a House

Supporting organizations like Habitat For Humanity and other like-minded charities provides your business with the opportunity to contribute to building projects that benefit underprivileged community members. In addition to financial support and the donation of materials, encourage family and employees to participate in the construction, often performed on weekends outside of normal business hours.

Encourage Employees to Volunteer Their Time

Provide an incentive to your employees when they volunteer their time to worthwhile community cleanup events and other worthy causes. Offering paid time off for your employees when volunteering exemplifies your company’s support for the community. Doing so also boosts morale within your business while boosting your company’s image with the local community.

As Mother Teresa eloquently exclaimed, “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you (fed me), I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.

And Malcom Bane wisely expressed, “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody.”

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