Why not try to do everything locally?
I use a local company to print my stationary and business cards. I use a local, independent CPA firm to do my taxes. I participate in my local Chamber of Commerce, and in the events sponsored by other local chambers, and I try to patronize local member businesses. When I meet someone for coffee or lunch I always try to go to a locally owned and operated business instead of a chain with headquarters out of the State. So, why do I do this? Because, I want those businesses to use me!
Using local businesses performs two functions. First, it keeps money in the local area and strengthens the local economy in general. Second, it builds relationships between me, my business and the businesses that I use. And any business owner will tell you that relationships are what make a company successful. People and businesses buy from others with whom they have a favorable relationship. It’s not always about cost. In fact, many times local businesses can provide products or services that the non-local businesses can’t. And, most important of all, local and independent businesses are more likely to appreciate your business!
So the next time you need to buy something, print something, or contract out a professional service, remember to keep it local. You’ll be happy you did!