Small business owners often say they’re giving…and giving…and giving all the time. So, the question of “giving back?” Are you kidding?
But not so fast. “Giving back” is a concept small business owners need to consider and, if at all possible, act on. Turns out, there are all kinds of reasons for small businesses to give back, some altruistic, some rooted in self-interest. Either way, giving back is a win-win for small businesses and communities alike.
Business owners sometimes hold back because there’s no way they can match the massive amounts donated by big companies. But that’s not really the point. When small businesses give back in their own ways, they can have considerable impact, says the site Truist.com, as well as benefit themselves. Here are three big reasons for doing it, aside from doing good and helping those in the community:
Small Business Information also explores how giving back can help your small business. Of course, benefitting your business isn’t the core reason you’re taking action to give back. Nonetheless, there are some clear and lasting benefits:
GrouponGrassroots takes a look at how small businesses give back and, based on real examples, has come up with some themes shared by these businesses in terms of how they approach the whole question of giving back:
If you’re thinking about initiating efforts to give back or just looking for new ideas, UPS Small Business offers some suggestions for big ways small businesses can give back via community service. Although, as the site says, monetary contributions are common (and easy), there are many other worthy (and creative and interesting) ways to give back. Here are a few:
It seems there’s no dearth of real-world examples of real businesses giving back in real ways. Business News Daily lists 36 ways your small business can help, each one contributed by small business owners themselves, based on their own experiences. Click the link above to read about their impressive efforts—efforts that you could adopt, too.
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