Dear Big Business:
First let me preface this to say that my boldness should not be viewed as a lack of gratitude for the benefits you bring to our community. Our community needs the jobs your company provides and yes, we are grateful. However, please recognize that you benefit greatly from the hard working, labor weary human hands that endeavor to make you a success, not to mention a consumer base that continues to purchase your products.
Mr. Corporation, while you reap the benefits of tax incentives, government funding, and private, city and state perks, this community is filled with aspiring entrepreneurs just trying to catch a break.
Each year, Mr. Corporation, you pay obligatory membership dues to ensure that your political interests are represented. At the same time, the small business owner struggles to pay those same dues; not with the hope that their political interests will be represented, but simply a desire to establish credibility and prove their worth. Yet, sadly, every day, somewhere, a small business owner gives up and closes the door. With every small business that closes, the American dream seems more like a slogan from yesterday, rather than a possibility for the future.
Mr. Corporation, we are asking you to do business with companies who live and work in your community because we offer a quality, valuable service or product, not because you are "supposed" to pick a “local” or “small” business to support out of some self imposed civic duty or charity mindset. Success breeds success! As overall business budgets grow, in-turn, more products and services will be purchased.
Mr. Corporation, I really don’t think that you are really cold-hearted. I believe that you are just unaware of the many great businesses that exist in your area. The fact that you are unaware of these fine businesses is not your fault, but rather an enormous communication failure of the very organizations whose mission it is to bring small business and big business together.
As business owners, managers, co-workers, and yes, CEO’s, it is imperative that we make 2016 the year of business! Together, Big Business and Small Business must recognize their need for each other and work toward one common goal….creating a thriving economy within each respective community.
How do we accomplish a goal of this magnitude?
Mr. Corporation, please understand that we know who you are, what products or services you provide and even where you’re located; but you need to know us! Corporations succeed when they are part of a prosperous community comprised of successful small businesses.
Sadly, some of the organizations and “powers that be” refuse to be part of bridging this gap and that is why I am calling on you, Mr. Corporation, to be the catalyst of change. Together, combined efforts between Big Business and Small Business will make our community economies stronger. With this growth, economies will expand and from the inside out, we can reform our city, state and possibly our nation, one community at a time.