I am a huge supporter of small businesses especially those run by women like Crystal at TinyTulip.com, where she employs moms part time! Both my aunt and sister work for her so I am a little partial. But that is not where my small business loyalty ends.
I have had the good fortune to work with a local business owner, Pat at Video Impact Atlanta. I spent most of last year helping Pat get his social media plan up and running. It was so great to hear all of the fascinating stories he learned from his customers. His business is preserving memories. He takes old slides, photos, and videos and converts them to videos. You can imagine the wonderful stories he has witnessed when customers have been sifting through memorabilia and found never seen footage of their family members.
Another local favorite small business that I frequent is Chairish. Drew works his magic on antique furniture and creates some amazing pieces. He is great at restoring and refinishing. His specialty is chairs, of course, but he also works on tables and other pieces. He worked his magic restoring this old table that my grandfather bought from an old roadside junk/antique vendor on the side of the road in Illinois back in the 60’s! He didn’t balk when I showed him the table leaf that my grandfather had fashioned from hardwood flooring and agreed that it was too special to be replaced. He is currently working on some old chairs that came from my husbands grandmother too!
If you take a few minutes to talk to a small business owner in your area you will see just how tied they are to the community. The UPS Store recognizes this value that small businesses have in our communities and last week held events across the country, including Atlanta, to celebrate small businesses.
The events allowed small businesses to network and had speakers from SCORE as well as the Small Business Administration giving tips to help small business owners succeed. Our event also had the King of Pops talk about his experiences getting started. It was very inspirational and delicious! I had a Chocolate Sea Salt pop and seriously, OMG. 🙂
From photo booths to sangria a fun time was had by all. And I was completely amazed by this table by The UPS Store that had objects that were created using a 3D printer.
So cool, y’all. It was straight out of Grey’s Anatomy!! I was trying to explain the 3D printed tumor from the show to my husband and he seriously thought I was crazy. It was awesome! All of these items were created/printed with a 3D printer. Crazy! And those little gears on the phone covers? If you turn one, they all rotate. Working gears that were printed!
Now, here’s the exciting part. I am partnering with The UPS Store to give one lucky reader a $100 gift card to The UPS Store!! Just use the rafflecopter entry below and sign up! To enter all you have to do is tell us your favorite local small business and make sure to give them some link love!!
The contest is only valid for US residents and will end May 18th at midnight. Good luck!