In todays fast pace world it is so easy to conduct business over the internet. We forget there are many local businesses that provide jobs for our neighbors and help our communities thrive. Take the print shop down the street for example. I never knew it was there until I needed a print job done immediately. I did not plan ahead and would not able to get it from an internet based company in a timely matter.
The shop owner helped me put my project together. He gave me advice based on his professional knowledge. Normally I would have to sit in front of the computer, late into the night and get frustrated trying to set up the job just right. My order was ready in a few hours. Now, every time I go in there the clerk behind the counter remembers my name. I am making it my job to keep these businesses in my community by giving them my business.
Many Mom and Pop businesses are disappearing from our towns because we are conducting business with a faceless company based somewhere else. The businesses in my town are providing a good service and they are offering a relationship, with me their neighbor.