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If you happen to be a fellow blogger, what does your blog mean to you? Is it your hobby? Or, is it your passion? Or, just maybe, you consider it your small business?
When I started out blogging, I planned on using my blog as a means to pass down recipes and whatnot's to my daughter - an online diary of sorts. I have no formal training, but baking and cooking are some of my passions; and, I figured, having a blog would force me to actually measure and write down quantities and ingredients. However, over the last 7 months or so, things have started changing. Slowly - very, very slowly - I started to generate an income from this little space of mine - it's kind of like having a part-time job that I get to do from home -with my daughter- and eat the rewards of. I have been so immensely grateful for this journey, for the opportunity to work hard and see the fruits of it. And, one day, I hope (as my daughter eggs me on) to consider this blog - or a spin off of it - my small business.
Most times, when I think of a "small business" I think of the medical center a friend of mine and her husband opened up, that specializes in a side of humor with an excellent bedside manner with every doctor's appointment. Or, the tea shop my cousin owned and operated in Tribeca. Life wasn't a spectator sport to either of them (or countless other small businesses) that put in the hard work, the long hours, the sleepless nights, and so much more.
And, to honor and celebrate ALL small business owners, last week (during National Small Business Week), The UPS Store launched a campaign called Small Biz Salute with local coffee shop takeovers and events in Seattle, Austin and Atlanta. I was incredibly fortunate to have attended the event in Atlanta, which was held at Skylounge which is on the rooftop of The Glenn Hotel. I would have been happy with just the view of the Atlanta skyline...
But, then they had a feast laid out...
Most importantly, Small Biz Salute in Atlanta gave local small business owners an opportunity to network, support and learn from each other ~while gaining valuable advice from small business mentors. Mentors like Mr. Robert Yancy, the chairman of the Atlanta Chapter of SCORE; Cassius F. Butts, Regional Administrator for the Georgia region of the U.S. Small Business Administration; and, Steven Carse, co-founder and king of King of Pops, himself. I got a chance to speak with Mr. Carse after the event, and learned that this Atlanta entrepreneur started off making his popsicles in a shared kitchen, as Georgia prohibits the sale of homemade goodies, unless they are made in a separate, inspected and approved kitchen.
As of right now, I am not sure if I will be needing the services of a shared kitchen, but, after attending this event, I was glad to learn that if I did, The UPS Store is there to ship any baked treats I might make; like they do for Sandy Poehnelt, the owner of The Right Slice. With more than 4,400 locations nationwide, The UPS Store is committed to helping small business owners everywhere launch and grow their business, so when Sandy approached them with her need to ship her pies nationwide, they jumped in and offered her a solution. The UPS Store also provides solutions for your small business printing needs from business cards to manuals to documents. They also provide assistance with your direct mail needs, from selecting addresses within an area to designing and printing and mailing what you might dream up.
The UPS Store locations are locally owned and operated by small business owners who support local startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses by helping them solve problems and connect with others who can advice and encourage them.
To learn more about the vast variety of services (from printing to IT support to financial and printing services), The UPS Store offers, please visit them >>HERE< <
Have a small business you love and/or are a part off and want to support? Then please post about them using the hashtag #SmallBizSalute so they understand their value and importance in our local economy!
So, do you happen to consider your blog your small business? Or, do you happen to own another small business? Well, The UPS Store is generously offering to GIVEAWAY a $50 gift card to 2 readers who are interested in helping their small business grow. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. So sorry my International readers, but, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.