When a good local business fails, it can come as a shock. But the reality is that businesses fail silently over a long period of time. When this happens, do you find yourself thinking, “I wonder if I could have helped?”
Your community is full of other local business owners, many of whom have experienced the same struggles. Some of you have found ways to overcome them—and that’s knowledge that needs to be shared. It’s hard to find the time to meet your fellow owners let alone know who to ask for advice about issues you may be grappling with. But that isolation can mean the unnecessary death of a good business.
The reality is that other business owners are eager to help out. Debra Stark put it best when she blogged about her thoughts when a favorite store across the street closed it’s doors:
“So the question is, how important is a living, breathing, vibrant economic community to our physical health? I asked myself: Am I supporting my neighbors when I need something, and when I do, how does that make me feel?”