Celebrating Small Business with The UPS Store #SmallBizSalute #CollectiveBias #giveaway

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At a conference I was at recently one of the speakers asked us to define where were from. To some, it was defined by where we were born. Others referenced a “hometown” location and to some it was the city they currently live in.  Our speaker gave us a new perspective when she asked us “Where do the shopkeepers know your name?”  That’s how you know, where you are really from she said.


When I think of shopkeepers, I think of local businesses. I think of people of the community serving with dillegence to make the city great. People with  heart and an entrepreneurial spirit. That fresh perspective from our speaker couldn’t have come upon the heels of a better time. I returned home to Austin with a fresh invitation from The UPS Store inviting my husband to network and to get to know more small businesses in our area. The event would help celebrate National Small Business Week and all the hard working small businesses around the country.

The UPS Store #SmallBizSalute

The UPS Store does a great job of supporting small business owners in their endeavors. I believe they are able to do this so effectively because The UPS Store locations are locally owned and operated themselves. The stores are not only run by small business owners, but are there to support local startups, entrepreneurs and other small businesses, help solve their problems and connect with their peers.

The UPS Store Chi'lantro

As small business owners ourselves for many years, we identified with the success and struggles mentioned that night. Jae Kim, local business owner of Chi’Lantro BBQ, spoke to us sharing his story of growing his business from the ground up. The late nights and early mornings he talked about made my husband and I exchange knowing glances, remembering what it like. I can only describe it like becoming new parents again. Everything you do is centered around making your business a success because as a small business owner the health of your business really is dependent upon your dedication and commitment to it.

Avocado Bar

I was so impressed with the event that evening. In addition to networking with other amazing business owners over drinks and an amazing avocado bar, we also heard from representatives from other organizations who provide growth opportunities for small businesses. SCORE, a non-profit organization offers free Small Business Counseling and Resources, low-cost Business Workshops, and special customized services. They know the time of most small business owners is in high demand so there are even online workshops available. The U.S. Small Business Association also spoke to us and offered an open door to all the benefits they provide.

I speak from experience when I say, growing a small business can be one of the toughest most rewarding jobs that exists (outside of parenting, of course). Having these organisations brought together by The UPS Store to share their support and encouragement was so uplifting. It takes drive, resilience, and courage to start and maintain small business success. Hats off to all the small business owners out there- We salute you!!

How often do you shop local? Do the shopkeepers near you know your name? Do you know theirs? I encourage you you to visit a small business near you this week and get to know them. I’m sure if you asked they would have some interesting stories to share about why they choose to start their business. Take the time- I’m sure you wont regret it!

The UPS Store

To help spread the love and celebrate the love of small businesses, we are hosting a giveaway!! We are giving away 4 ($25) GC to The UPS Store. There will be 4 winners total. Open to US residents. Giveaway will end 5/18 at midnight.
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  1. I sell my arts and crafts on etsy!

  2. What an awesome event! We always try to support our local business by shopping at the farmers markets. You can find some really unique things there! #client
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  3. Two of my uncles run a successful, small business together.,

  4. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I love a cupcake shop that is down the street from me.

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I guess my home is, and will always be, the town I grew up in. I am only 20 minutes away, but I miss living there.

  6. What an awesome way to show support and appreciation for the small businesses. I need to visit the smaller local shops more often.
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  7. I love Sallie’s Cakes in my town!

  8. Stuffed avocado? I have never heard of this before. This sounds so good, what a nice time!
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  9. I love our restaurant small businesses! They are the best in the Hill Country.
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  10. What an awesome event. I bet those stuffed avocados were yummy.

  11. You guys sure had fun, thanks fro sharing 😀

  12. THE BEST cupcakes are made locally at a small shop.

  13. Thomas Murphy says

    I love the flower shop in my town.

  14. We have a mom and pop bbq business by my house that I just LOVE. We are always encouraging our friends and family to try them out!
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  15. I love small businesses! I love the small shoe store in our town!
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  16. Janice Cooper says

    I absolutely love the cupcake station by my job. They make the best cupcakes!!

  17. Ellen Casper says

    I love the Claddagh Restaurant in my town.

  18. I would love to win those gift cards for UPS, those would be very handy, especially at Christmas.
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  19. Love the local Pizza place!

  20. I love celebrating small businesses. I know quite a few small business owners and I just love things like this! Very cool, and nice thing to do!

  21. We have a small Health Food Store in our small town that I love to visit. They are so much friendlier and more helpful than going to one of the larger stores in a bigger city.
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  22. This would be an amazing event to go to . I always try to support my local businesses. The farmers market is a great way to buy local.

  23. My favorite small business in my city is a local bakery called Wuollet Bakery. They make the MOST tasty cakes in the world.

  24. Great time that you had! Wish I could have been there –
    We live in a resort – and years ago I got to know most of the shop owners – They are a ‘DIY’ group of people and stick together for sure – The Realtors were so much more open to working with – It’s a lot of effort having your own business to be sure
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  25. Bridgett Wilbur says

    I just love are local bakery they have been in business for years and are great people.

  26. How neat! I love UPS so helpful. Small businesses could always use a good support.
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  27. This looks like a great event. I love UPS and what they do for small business
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  28. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says

    We have a local farmer’s market where we love to get most of our produce. They also have a pick your own strawberry farm that we visit every year.

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    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  29. Kristin Goodson says

    My favorite small business is a BBQ place down the road. The owners are super friendly and the food is just amazing! I love to support locals instead of big chain places.

  30. steve weber says

    my favorite small business is a designer re-sale clothing shop.

  31. This is a great thing that they are doing. It is so important to support small businesses. On another note, I will be making stuffed avocados tomorrow night!
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  32. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    I think it is amazing that there is such strong support for small businesses!!

  33. What a fun event and great way to learn about supporting small business. I’ve started business here and there, and know aupporr ia needed and appreciated.

  34. Tabathia B says

    I love our cupcake place called confection connection

  35. Birdiebee says

    I love the coffee stands around town as they are all small businesses. Love to go try their different coffees.

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