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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)

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

The Illusive Skull: The Best Halloween Store in WV! Support Local Businesses!

(Disclaimer: This post is not related to horticulture what so ever. Sorry.) Hey, it’s Caroline. I love small businesses, and The Illusive Skull is definitely one of my favorites! They have a great since of humor. Their sculptures are so detailed and creative! Visiting the store has become a Halloween tradition, for five years now. There are two stores located in Morgantown or Fairmont, WV. It’s … Continue reading The Illusive Skull: The Best Halloween Store in WV! Support Local Businesses!

Fall Greenhouse Tour!

A few days ago I was visiting my friends at the lovely Freed’s Greenhouse, when one of my former professors showed up by surprise! She had brought her general horticulture class for a tour.  Being a nosy plant lady, I couldn’t resist going along with them to learn more about the greenhouses… If you’re nearby Bridgeport, I highly recommend visiting Freed’s! Check out their website … Continue reading Fall Greenhouse Tour!