One of the fabulous things about living in a small-town in Oklahoma is that many of the businesses are small and locally owned. Like the hardware store that doubles as a pet shop because, “my wife loves pets and there were no other stores around for her to get her favorite fish.”
Or the amazing Italian restaurant where they pack my tiramisu to-go when my husband checks out because they already know he’s going to be ordering one for me. I consider myself a local business, even though I work out of my home. Before I can home and started working online full-time, I worked as a massage therapist out of a local hair salon. I loved working in my local community and I love patronizing local businesses in the area.
Now I’m still a member of Atoka Chamber of Commerce, but I work from home and care for my kids full-time. I like attending the meetings whenever possible, getting to know my fellow entrepreneurs, and hear their struggles and successes. It’s a great way to stay involved with the local community and not lose touch.
Intuit hasn’t lost touch of what it means to be a small business; working long hours, taking several roles upon yourself because you don’t have a lot of staff, and making customer service the highest priority. That’s why Intuit is sponsoring a Love a Local Business competition!
You can touch a local business too! Nominate one of your favorite local businesses because each month Intuit is giving away $25,000 a deserving small business. Just take a minute to nominate (and then vote often!) for your favorites.
It’s been very exciting starting my own business, so I’m curious to know: What dream business would you love to start? By replying you will be entered to win an iPad 2!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Intuit’s Love A Local Businesscompetition. The opinions and text are all mine. Contest runs July 6 to August 9, 2011. A random winner will be announced by August 11, 2011. Official Contest Rules