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Everything you Thought you knew about Small Business is Wrong! (Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part II)

The economic value of small business is shocking to most people…
Local retail returns 52% of revenue and local restaurants 79% to the local economy, while retail chains return only 14% and restaurant chains 30% (Civic Economics, 2012)… The University of California, Cornell University, and Clark University published that Wal-mart jobs replace 1.4 local retail jobs, and each new store takes away an average of $1.2 million of county-wide retail payroll (Neumark et al, 2008). Many studies show that chain stores cost taxpayers more than they produce in revenue… So instead of going out on Black Friday, and buying things that you probably don’t need, support your local economy. Continue reading Everything you Thought you knew about Small Business is Wrong! (Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part II)

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Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part I

Introduction Imagine a United States where small businesses didn’t exist. All products, services, stores, research departments, etc. would be large corporate operations with central control throughout. Would the economy and life in general be better or worse? Although, there’s no definite answer to this question, past contributions of small businesses suggest they are an important factor in our vibrant economy and that without them, fewer … Continue reading Are Small Businesses Really That Important for United States and Global Economy? Part I

“Generation Y’s Reluctance To Garden Linked To Fear Of Failure.” … But Generation Y is the FASTEST growing Demographic of Food Gardeners!

I was recently browsing on Facebook when I came across the article, “Generation Y’s Reluctance To Garden Linked To Fear Of Failure.” Although I do appreciate the suggestions from Stephanie (I love the term “garden coach”!), I’ve got to say this article hurt me a little. The author pokes at the debate that participation trophies make children less motivated and afraid to fail. Although I … Continue reading “Generation Y’s Reluctance To Garden Linked To Fear Of Failure.” … But Generation Y is the FASTEST growing Demographic of Food Gardeners!