Shop Lo­cal Move­ment

Monthly Chronicle - - Village Voice -

Think about the last place you shopped. What were the rea­sons why you shopped there? Was it be­cause they stocked the items you needed or liked? Easy park­ing? Or was it be­cause they greeted you with a big smile each time you visit?

There are so many rea­sons why we shop at the places we do.

Re­cently, one of Mt Co­lah’s small busi­nesses closed its doors for the last time. It was sad to see a fam­ily-owned busi­ness say good­bye. We thank them for their ser­vice to our com­mu­nity.

Af­ter the news of their clo­sure, the Friends of Mount Co­lah started think­ing about small busi­nesses and how it’s not al­ways smooth sail­ing.

There are so many is­sues that small busi­nesses face to­day. Some in­clude com­pe­ti­tion from big busi­ness, rent, wages and the chang­ing re­tail en­vi­ron­ment - and they are why we need to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses now more than ever.

Im­por­tantly, we must re­mem­ber that the own­ers of lo­cal small busi­nesses are not usu­ally huge con­glom­er­ates, but more likely lo­cal mums and dads just try­ing to sup­port their fam­i­lies and lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Within the Mt Co­lah shop­ping precinct, there are many busi­nesses that are lo­cally owned and run by fam­i­lies. Some have been run­ning their busi­ness for years. Many lo­cals have fond mem­o­ries of be­ing kids and run­ning up to the shops - now they are run­ning up with their own kids, years later. There is some­thing so pos­i­tive about a friendly and bustling com­mu­nity shop­ping area.

As a small busi­ness owner, I be­lieve hav­ing the com­mu­nity sup­port you by shop­ping lo­cal is vi­tal. It is also im­por­tant to en­gage with your cus­tomers and ask them what they need/want and im­ple­ment changes in place to ac­tion the sug­ges­tions/ideas.

In this day of so­cial me­dia, there are many dif­fer­ent chan­nels to pro­vide re­tail­ers with feed­back. When was the last time you gave some feed­back? How did you rate them? Did they need im­prove­ments? Did you make sug­ges­tions? Th­ese are just some ques­tions we need to ask our­selves when pro­vid­ing ben­e­fi­cial re­views. Busi­nesses are al­ways look­ing for feed­back as it helps im­prove and grow their busi­ness, ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit­ing you and the com­mu­nity.

If you have any ideas for FOMC’S “Shop Lo­cal Move­ment” we’d love to hear from you. Look us up on Face­book or email: friends.of.mount­co­lah@gmail.com

Su­san Low from Mt Co­lah PO and Phar­macy: “We wel­come lo­cal res­i­dents to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses to keep that vi­brant com­mu­nity hub that con­nects us all.”

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