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Let's Help Keep our Local Businesses Open

Let's Help Keep our Local Businesses Open

Let's Help Keep our Local Businesses Open

Going shopping for the holidays? We can generate a whole new tradition. This year Americans can give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Because there is-there always has been if you just look around.
  • It's time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
  • Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
  • Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small American-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
  • Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down your hard-earned money on a  Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer or a round of golf at the local golf course or a gift certificate at a local grocery store.
  • There are hundreds of restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast restaurant - this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
  • How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
  • Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning company for a day. I know I would!
  • How about a new savings account for your grandchild. I’m not sure if that would go over big with the kid.
  • OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make clothing, jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
  • Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or show at your hometown theatre..
  • Honestly,  do we REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
  • You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

  • Buy local; buy from your friendly neighborhood stores.

This is an American revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what the holidays are all about?

BUY AMERICAN - BE AMERICAN the job you save might be your own......

Let's Help Keep our Local Businesses Open

This came to me from our West Pasco Chamber of Commerce President, Joe Alpine; he asked me to share it. I made some minor changes to it but thought it was worthy ofWest Pasco Chamber of Commerce sharing. The Chamber works hard to grow West Pasco and keep our local businesses viable.

I'm sure your community would like to do this too.





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Comment balloon 34 commentsToni Weidman • November 16 2011 03:18PM


Toni -- Excellent!! My mantra exactly. Buy local and support small businesses. They are the heart of our economy. That is why I love to do posts that feature local businesses to hopefully help them get found and bring in he customers.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Barbara - I do too. I'm always trying to help someone new.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 9 years ago

I completely aggree and think we should support them year round.


Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 9 years ago


Love this post, and I am suggesting.  This is a perfect branding opportunity for you....A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 9 years ago

Hi Toni, A great post to help our local businesses!  Suggesting and re-blogging.

All the best.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) about 9 years ago

Tammy - definitely!

Alexandra - thank you for suggesting!

Gloria - thank you too.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 9 years ago

Toni I just hit suggest!  Bingo! Amen! Tell it like it is!  Keep it local - Keep it in the USA!  I hope to re-post later today!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi, Toni, Smalll Business Saturday is on November 26th.  Look for Ron Marshall's blog post for the links.  

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 9 years ago

SUGGESTED! Buying AMERICAN MADE from LOCAL businesses is a great way to shop this Christmas and ALWAYS! 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 9 years ago

Hope you get a feature with this one Toni - Thanks for the allowing me to re-post.  Just too good not to pass along!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 9 years ago


I just had to click suggest!

As local business owners, who wouldn't want to reciprocate services from other local business owners. This is worthy of a feature and sparks some great ideas!

I pray it gets featured!!! These are the stories I like to read and appreciate.


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 9 years ago

Hi Toni, I have to agree with everyone else.  It is time to think and care for the American people, jobs and etc.  Am suggesting!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) about 9 years ago

Toni,  suggest, suggest.  This is so true, help the small business man and he helps by hiring people and then they need to save to buy homes and then we make more money!!!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 9 years ago

Howdy and evening Toni

Toni, giving gift certificates and memberships to local businesses sure is the way to go. One of the biggest items which the Retail Chain Stores sale made overseas, is actually their own brand of items.

That's why they are able to sale their own brand at such a lower price and offer longer warranties on them, the Retail Chain Stores did not have to put much money into the items to be made. 

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 9 years ago


I love this and support the local businesses here in Crofton any time I can. I may need to stop supporting the local fast food drive thru's though.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Toni- I so agree with you.  One of the reasons I love going to our local Arts & Crafts shows is because I love to look for Christmas or any occasion gifts there.  Same reason we try to go to our local produce stands, and I know this isn't a product, but we try to frequent the local businesses... breakfast places, cleaners, etc because we don't want them to close.  And while we're at it... let's keep the call centers here in the U.S. as well.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Hi Toni,

Wow, I loved this after finding it as a result of a re-post by Judith.

Btw, seems to me like when we patronize a local business we shoud tell them why!

Imho small business is the back-bone of our country and we need to continue to support that for everyone's sake!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 9 years ago

I really enjoy posts that stress the need for small business support. I don't see it as begging to help the little guy, I see small business as a big provider of jobs. We hear when the big companies lay off thousands of employees, but if hundreds of small businesses are closing its door, no one notices.

I have found that many small businesses can offer personal service, advice, and products that may not be offered by larger or web based businesses.

Thanks for the great post Toni.


Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 9 years ago


This is such a great idea.  We need to support our local businesses, especially in these difficult times.  Our local business association will be having a customer appreciation day.  Local merchants will be giving away prizes to enticed shoppers to their stores.  We should all support our local businesses.  They are the heart of our communities.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Toni: You have suggested many wonderful ideas. Gift certifcates to salons, local restaurants, and other services extend the holidays and help the community - truly a win - win.  As the Holidays approach, I keep thinking about all of the stuff we buy at Christmas - wrapped in horrible packaging and wrapped with all that paper and bows. How much of this stuff do we really need?

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Good morning, Toni....what a great post....saw this on Judith's blog....local businesses can always use the business...they rely on Christmas shoppers to give their business a boost for the year....I love buying and receiving gift cards from local places.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 9 years ago

Excellent post.  This theme should be copied by real estate professionals across the country.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 9 years ago

Hi Everyone, thank you for suggesting and reblogging. I think this is so important for all our communities.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 9 years ago

Toni, You are always helping businesses in the New Port Richey area. Keeping the economy strong in your local area and buying American Made is a strong message ~ Gift cards from local area merchants is a terrific idea!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 9 years ago

Toni I am suggesting also - there are some great ideas here.  Things we might not think of that would really help out our small businesses.  If everyone did just a little bit it could make a HUGE difference.  Terrific post!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Larry & Sheila - there are many more ideas but I didn't want to run on and on.

Debra - thank you. I hope everyone takes it to heart and does something. As you said, just a little bit would help.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 9 years ago

All excellent suggestions about shopping local.  I am working to find more unique gifts this year.  I hope to frequent some of our local craft faires, to see what may be acquired.  The consummer has far greater power than they realize.  And collectively we could implement a turnaround in our economy.  I like that sentence of your's, "Do we REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house?"

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 9 years ago

Myrl - I do a lot of my holiday shopping at the local fairs and farmer's markets. Lots of good stuff there. The American consumer needs to be made aware that supporting their local people will help them too in the long run.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Toni, Great post and thanks for all the ideas! Suggested and reblogging!

Posted by Suzi Sandore, North County San Diego Homes (RealtyONEGroup) about 9 years ago

I saw this same thought on Facebook. I shared it with my husband and I think we are going to apply it. We need to keep Americans working. Great post, Toni.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 9 years ago

Toni, I missed this one on the first goround but am so glad I found it via Joni's reblog.  What super suggestions and great ideas to help strengthen our local businesses and economy.  We need to all get busy doing our small part.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) about 9 years ago

Toni:  This is a great idea and an excellent way to show our appreciation to the small local business' in our communities. 

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) about 9 years ago

Toni-courtesy of Will Hamm, I found and read this, just did a blog linking this, and your local site-on both AR and my local site. Excellent post, thanks!

Posted by Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager (Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY) about 9 years ago

Suzi - thank you!

Teral - my husband posted it and also opened a page for it on Facebook.

Leah - can you imagine if just some of the people in each community did this!

Anita - it sure is a great way to help out.

Marie - Thank you!


Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 9 years ago

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