Supporting Small Businesses: Why You Should & How You Can

Enticing Trees | 02 July, 2021


          
            Supporting Small Businesses: Why You Should & How You Can

At the time of writing, there are 31.7 million small businesses in the U.S., employing 47.1% of the American workforce. Those are some impressive numbers considering the abysmal average success rate of new businesses!

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic hit businesses--especially small businesses--hard. In fact, according to the NCBI, 22% of small businesses were inactive between February and April 2020. 

But it’s not all doom and gloom! The global pandemic also made us scrappy fighters in business. According to data from Yelpmore new businesses were started in the first quarter of 2021 than any other period in the 12 months prior.

That means it’s an excellent time to show the new guys and gals some love. Here’s how to do it--and why you should.

 

First Things First: What is a Small Business in the U.S.? 

In the United States, a small business is defined by its number of employees and/or its average number of annual receipts. (That’s government speak for “gross income plus cost of goods sold.”) Depending on the industry, a small business might have <100 employees and less than $7.5 million in annual receipts or <1,500 employees and less than $27 million in annual receipts

Confusing? A bit...and we aren’t done yet: the SBA offers a 46-page chart detailing all kinds of industries and the unique size requirements they must meet to qualify as a “small business.” 

In addition to size requirements, a small business must:

  • Be a for-profit business of any legal structure
  • Be independently owned and operated
  • Not be nationally dominant in its field
  • Be physically located and operate in the U.S. or its territories

Why it's important to support small businesses

 

Why is it Important to Support Small Businesses? 

Ah, let us count the ways...

  1. Small businesses are a driver of the local economy. For every dollar spent at a small business, approximately 70 cents remain in the local community (as opposed to 40 cents for every dollar spent at a large corporation).

  2. Supporting a small business means supporting job creation in your community. In 2020, small businesses employed 60.6 million people.

  3. When you support a small business, particularly in niche industries, your contribution takes a more direct route to the people behind the product (or souls behind the service) than it would if you bought the same thing from a large corporation.

  4. Small businesses are known for placing a high value on customer service and quality craftsmanship. As a small business, Enticing Trees strives to be a shining example of exemplary quality goods

 

How Can Customers Support Small Businesses? 

The best way to directly support a small business is simple: buy their products or make use of their services. But that’s not all! There are loads of other ways you can show your support. Here are four to get you started:


Spread the Word

Have you recently had a great experience while purchasing a product or using service provided by a small business? Share an online review or tell your friends and family about it! 

(That last point is important because word of mouth “marketing” results in 5x more sales than a paid media impression.)


Share their Content 

Never underestimate the power of the internet. If a small business you support posts promotional content on Facebook, hit the Like button and click ‘share’. The next time you pop into your local family-owned café and sit down to enjoy a creamy cappuccino (and perhaps a sneaky slice of cake), share it on Instagram and tag the cafe’s location. 

Small business saturday


Show your Appreciation 

Being a small business owner can be a lonely profession. Keep the small business owners in your area motivated by showing your appreciation for who they are and what they’re doing. Whether you express thanks with a heartfelt “thank you,” a bunch of flowers, or even a small gift—a little goes a long way.  


Support Small Business Saturday 

American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010 as an attempt to offset the effects of the Great Recession on local operations. SBS is still going strong today, reminding consumers of the important role they play in sustaining local businesses.


If you think a little annual holiday founded by a credit card company can’t make an impact for small businesses--think again. In 2019, consumers spent $19.6 billion on Small Business Saturday--dusting the combined $14.6 billion shoppers spent between Black Friday and Cyber Monday the same weekend. 



Small businesses aren’t just the economic backbone of America; they’re a driving force of innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit upon which this country was founded. 


We’re proud to be a (very) small business and look forward to crafting special home goods (yep, even custom ones) for you soon!