14 ways local business people can create local jobs and stimulate the local economy

A Chinese fisherman Cai Tu caught a giant turtle which he nicknamed “The Hulk”. Cai estimated the turtle to be 100 years old and weighing about 91 kg. The giant turtle would have brought him in £500 which is equal to two months’ wages if he sold it to local restaurants. But he looked into the turtles eye and realised that the turtle was alive before his grandfather was born and “didn’t want to be the end of that journey”.

So he set the “The Hulk” free, hoping that the ancient turtle wouldn’t get entangled in someone’s nets any time soon.

For some people this story may just represent an old fisherman gone soft. But for others it may well demonstrate the humanity that we all have and the links that we possess towards the plant and animal kingdom or simply nature around us that is rapidly being eroded. Continue reading “14 ways local business people can create local jobs and stimulate the local economy”

Don’t treat small businesses this way

Small businesses help employ locals rather than putting people out on the streets
Small businesses help employ locals
rather than putting people out on the streets

We see all these campaigns to promote small businesses, like International Small Business Week, “Small Business Friday” and other conferences and initiatives that put the spotlight on small business. These campaigns are well-meaning but what impact do they make? What good do they do for the small business person down there in the trenches of a small village trying to eke out a living?

Really?

Small business is about every day slogging it out in the trenches, providing friendly customer service and thinking of what better services or products to provide customers. These grandstand platforms make everyone feel good on the day but what good do they do for small business and the other 364 days of the year?

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