Whether you’re thinking about starting a small business or you already set up shop a long time ago, you probably understand how important your local community is to your success. Supporting local businesses should incentivize those businesses to give back when they can, creating a cycle of support that’s good for the community as a whole. If you’d like to help but don’t know where to start, here are a few ideas on how small businesses can help improve their communities.
Fundraising for Important Causes
One of the best things about small businesses is that they can usually make much larger donations than any single person. Fundraisers for all sorts of organizations and projects can be found in most areas, and small businesses play an integral part in making those fundraisers successful. If you run a small business, your financial support is a crucial element in your community’s growth and success.
Supporting Other Local Businesses
Small businesses should help out other local businesses when they can. Utilizing the services of other businesses in the area can create an environment of support that benefits everyone. This doesn’t mean you need to give away your own services for free. If another business approaches you in this way, strongly consider working together to create a more cohesive community.
Sponsoring Local Organizations or Teams
One simple way that small businesses can help improve their community is by sponsoring local organizations or sports teams. Not only does your business get advertising and brand recognition, but you also help out the people in your community. Sponsorship of a team or organization is a great way to improve your community without needing to do a lot of the heavy lifting yourself.
Providing Larger Donations
The downfall of individual donations is that people only have so much to spare. However, businesses have the opportunity to enact real change by donating larger amounts. Whether you’re donating your time, money, or resources, your business will be able to help out much more than one person could do on their own.
Here at GreenDrop, we love that we get to be part of so many people’s communities. If your business wants to make a donation, or if you have personal donations for St. Vincent de Paul, The Red Cross, or any of the charities we support, GreenDrop will be there to support you.