Entrepreneurship was a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I look up to the folks who are innovative, brave enough to take the financial and personal risk involved with starting a business, and who work hard to see their dreams come true. It may sound a bit cheesy, but I always knew that whatever business I ended up starting, I wanted it to somehow help other small businesses too.
I think it is important to support businesses in our community by shopping and eating locally whenever possible. According to the Local First website, when we spend $100 at a locally owned business, $68 of it stays in our community, as compared to just $43 when shopping at a non-locally owned business. If everyone made a conscious effort to choose local over chain regularly, it would make a huge impact on the economy here in West Michigan! Another great reason to support local businesses is the wide range of unique and interesting shopping, eating, and service options that are available. These one-of-a-kind businesses define our city and make it extra special. I am so proud and excited to have fulfilled my dream of business ownership and to be able to promote and support local businesses with Boxed GR!
With that passion for supporting local comes a desire to help others in their quest for entrepreneurship. Some day I would like to teach small business management. For now, I plan to blog about the things I've learned, the mistakes I've made, and the steps I've taken while chasing my own dreams of business ownership. Perhaps I can help someone along the way.