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Local Owned BusinessSupport local owned business by: 

1) Telling your contacts on Social Media that you will be shopping local on Saturday

2) Shop local on Saturday, even buying a gift card will help

3) Let people know that you shopped local on your Social Media page (if  you can post a picture of the store on your Social Media Page)

To quote Buy Local Raleigh: “Locally-owned and independently operated businesses offer so many benefits that make our community better and economy stronger. They …

• Have more character
• Create more jobs
• Offer better customer service
• Require less infrastructure investment
• Make a smaller footprint on the environment
• Increase competition, diversity and choices
• Keep our dollars circulating locally”

A few Facebook pages to check out:

Check ou the Local Owned Raleigh
http://www.facebook.com/shoplocalraleigh

American Express’s Small Business Saturday:
http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday

NC Local Owned Using Social Media (a site I created with others):
http://www.facebook.com/SocialMediaByNCLocalOwnedBusinesses

The Come On Inside network, like inside919.
http://www.facebook.com/ComeOnInside

NC Networking and Business Promotion Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Networking-and-Business-Promotion-Page/220678737998950

Also check out my latest book with  Anora McGaha:
Social Media for Business:
http://TheSocialMeidaForBusinessBook.com

Thanks for supporting your community.
Martin Brossman
On Facebook: http://BrossmanOnFB.com
(919) 847-4757

 

 

 

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Free Websites are good and consider starting with a good web presence for a Small Business first!

Free websites have true value for someone just wanting to have some content on the web for people to read but not as useful for being found on the web. Starting with a web presence and using a URL redirect from a domain name may be better. Then take your time to build a quality website in WordPress. For example if you see the value in a Facebook business page you may build it first for your business, then buy a domain name that is easy for people to type in, like BrossmanOnFB.com and give that out first as a way to connect with you. Creating a keyword driven Facebook page with outstanding content and clear ways to reach you may be a better low cost way to start. Go ahead click on BrossmanOnFB.com and see where it goes. You can use URL forwarding (buy domain name and point it to some web link) with a free website as well. The key is if you do this for something like your Facebook business page or your Linkedin page than after you build a real site (like a hosted wordpress site) you can just add the Facebook page to your site and you now have two web presences that are driving business.

Free and paid Template-based websites:

If you want to just have some fun and start with a free website here are a few ones I have tested:

http://www.wix.com/

http://www.weebly.com/

http://www.yola.com/

A few paid Template-based websites:

http://websitebuilder.intuit.com/

http://VeryAffordableWebsites.com

You can also start with a free WordPress site and make more of a community service site sponsored by your company by using WordPress.com

Learn more come to one of my classes or contact your local Small Business Center at your community college to schedule one of my classes. If you do make sure to bring business friends to the class!

http://ncsmallbusines.wpengine.com