About a year ago one of my favorite local businesses shut their doors, indefinitely.
While I never like to watch a good business fail, it is even sadder to watch a locally owned small business which cared about the community, shut its doors.
It's just an observation (so take it with a grain of salt), but I have noticed that small, local and independent businesses owners seem to take higher personal interest in the health of their local community vs. a nationally franchised business.
If small businesses are the ones caring for the community, why are they going out of business?
We now settle for an instant sub-par fast food burger, vs. a 15 minute quality gourmet burger from the local grill.
We now run to a quick lube because of the "convenience" vs. scheduling with a local qualified mechanic to change our oil.
We want fast, quick, easy, instant gratification and are willing to sacrifice quality, community, and relationships for it.
Yes, read that last one again. Now let it sink in... Got it?
Truthfully I have nothing against quick lubes, fast food or other large franchised national businesses. In fact I greatly respect that they worked hard and became who they are today, even I use them from time to time. But are we sacrificing quality and crushing local businessmen and women because we are always in a rush?
Ok, maybe I lost a few of you, maybe you really dont care about quality - you thrive on speedy service and quick fuel for food. Between bites you are thinking I should get back to "Mayberry"... For you I simply ask what about the local economy?
According to the International Franchise Association most franchisees are required to send an average of 6.7% of sales in royalty fees to their headquarters, by comparison the state of Texas's base tax rate is only 6.25%.
Think about it - by using a non-local and nationally franchised business you are sending more money out of state than you pay in state taxes - This money is on a speedy one way trip out of our local community and economy.
With an independently owned, local business, 100% of all profits are at the disposal of the business owner and these funds are more likely to be spent in the community and surrounding area - helping to keep you in work and local businesses alive.
We wish our former, and fellow local businesses well in any current or future endeavor they may have.
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