The Broussard Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for sparking the exchange of knowledge and ideas among community and business leaders, but why? Why is it so important to support local businesses and encourage them to network with one another? What impact on the community do local businesses hold? The answers to these questions strongly shape who we are and why we do what we do.
In a world where any product you could ever desire is available through a few clicks, shopping local may not always be at the top of your mind. Small local businesses may be underestimated because they are “small,” but the value they bring and the impact they have on both the local and national economy is far from small. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all sales in the Unites States and these small businesses provide 55% of all jobs. Ultimately, small businesses contribute to the local economy by stimulating growth, bringing innovation, and providing employment opportunities.
Small businesses are also more likely to do business with other small businesses and are quick to jump up and help within the community. For example, utilizing a local bank, service providers, etc., will keep money within the community thus boosting the local economy. Owners of local businesses are your neighbors and they care about the community and its growth just as much as you do. This makes a small business more willing than corporate organizations to sponsor local events, give back to charities and non-profits, and invest into the overall wellbeing and future of the community. The small business to community relationship truly benefits both parties equally. The community benefits from the existence of the small business which depends upon the community to remain in existence. Our local businesses depend on the local community to stay afloat, more now than ever before. Also, because every transaction count, you can bet that 9 times out of 10 customer service will far exceed that of a corporate organization.
The Broussard Chamber not only supports local businesses and strives to help them grow, but we encourage and create networking opportunities. There is something powerful about small businesses getting together and building relationships that help them grow on both a personal and business level. The exchange of thoughts and ideas between the leaders of our community is a driving force that keeps our community strong and thriving. Afterall, the definition of community is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals”. Small business owners typically share a since of drive, a hunger to succeed and create, as well as the desire to give back. Becoming a member of the Chamber allows you the opportunity to join this force of community leaders and help further contribute to the local economy. For more information about how to become a member, click here!