About SW Dallas Small Business Network
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Coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, spas, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, craft stores, bars, fruit markets, shoe/bike/tire repair shops, laundromats, art supply stores, gift shops, gas stations, pet stores are good examples of small businesses.
Just how much of a presence and impact do small businesses have on our communities? The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports 28 million small businesses operating in the U.S. alone. And since 1995, those small businesses have generated 66% of all new jobs in the United States. Small businesses are a big deal.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration website, there are 2.6 million small businesses across Texas that employee 4.6 million people (45.9 percent) of the workforce. The state also has 1.1 million businesses that are owned by minorities.
What exactly are the benefits of shopping small, and why should you do it on Small Business Saturday, and every day? Here are some huge reasons:
1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community
When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay sales taxes to the city and county the business is located in. Stray to a big box business elsewhere and that money isn’t benefiting your community at all. Plus, that tax money is used to support public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as fund public service workers, like firefighters.
What’s more, according to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact
As mentioned above, more than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. And according to the SBA, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs. The more you shop at a local store, the more potential job opportunities you could help them provide.
3. Small businesses provide better customer service
Small business owners strive to survive and one of the biggest advantages they have over large retailers is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.
4. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity
Small businesses have just as much access to vendors (who also determine pricing, not stores) that big box businesses do. If a small business doesn’t have the products you want or need, ask them – they’re also usually much more receptive and willing to order them for you.
5. Small businesses create a sense of community
You’re much more likely to get to know a small business owner in your neighborhood. According to a study conducted by Trulia and noted in Forbes, the second most popular desire amongst urbanites is a stronger sense of community – number one being more local restaurants.
6. You’re going to feel good
Would you rather feel the pang of guilt buying so-so coffee from Starbucks or a lifeless burger at McDonalds, or be entirely satisfied with your latte made with love from a local coffee Roasters, and a bangin’ burger from a local cafe?
As we are a small business, (ABG Marketing, owner of this website) we understand the issues that small businesses face with marketing, advertising and promoting their products and services.
So, we are making affordable online advertising available with our “SW Dallas Small Business Network” directory listings for small businesses that offer services, products, and food in the Southern Dallas and Ellis counties.
Purchasing this online advertising will automatically enroll you as a Member of our SW Dallas Small Business Network where we will encourage Network members to do business with other Network members and, to refer their customers to other members.
We can post the following information for potential customers to learn more about your small business. The amount of information to be posted will depend on the size of your business.
- Name of Business
- Phone number
- Fax number (if any)
- Email address
- Website Link (if any)
- Facebook Link (if any)
- Instagram Link (if any)
- YouTube Link (if any)
- Any other social media link.
- Listing includes an enormous amount of information about your business including history, products/services offered, hours, photos, methods of payments, and other information at the business request. Also, same information can be posted in as many Business Categories as requested in the Business Directories section of this website.
- We will constantly check the Internet to get your customer recommendations and testimonials and add them to your listing. This information can be crucial for prospective customers to make decisions.
- We publish an article summarizing your businesses information under the “SW Dallas Small Business Network” menu section of this website. (Click For Examples) That article is also posted on our front page from time to time and posted to our three Facebook pages, SW Dallas Small Business Network, Best Southwest Guide, and Frank’s Online Referral Service Service. This information will also be posted on our new Twitter and Instagram pages. In all of these postings, information is also linked back to your “SW Dallas Small Business Network” listing for viewers to learn more about your company.
- Post as many “Special Offers” as you may want for your event savings promotions in our "Special Offers" Section. (Click For Example)
- Post as many “Classifieds Ads” for services, employment needs, etc., as you may request. (Click For Example)
- Recommend your services on www.nextdoor.com and other Social Media.
- Once your information has been posted we will provide you a link for you to include in your emails to existing and potential customers.
- Members will be promoted from time to time through email marketing on our periodic Newsletters to over 6,000 local emails.
Update: 2/27/19. We are adding a new feature for small businesses becoming members of our Network. We will conduct a video interview of a member's business that will be streamed on our new YouTube Channel, Facebook, and Twitter pages, as well as this website.
We want to promote "Shop Small" year around instead of just one day in December!
To have your small business listing posted in our “SW Dallas Small Business Network” directory and promoted throughout the year on the Internet and Social Media, the fees are:
$150 per year
For more information on these listings, click on Contact Us.
We believe small businesses thrive on Referrals. Please click on the link below to learn more about Rererral Marketing.
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