No!! Please Don't Go Out Of Business!!

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX
I hate getting emails like this.  Especially first thing in the morning.  It makes me incredibly sad to learn of another wonderful, family-owned, small business having to close its doors.  Here is a "paraphrased" snippet from the email I just received this morning.  Unfortunately, we're becoming all too familiar with these words:

"Saturday, January 07, 2012
 
 
Dear Longtime Customers,
 
After almost 20 years as one of Chicagoland’s premiere small business retailers, sadly we find that we must bring this leg of our journey to an end ... so it is with a heavy heart that we make this difficult decision, and we appreciate your overwhelming support over the many years."

November 26th, 2011 was "Small Business Saturday."  Perhaps we can help support small businesses by having more than one "Small Business Day" per year?  Better still, perhaps I need to remember to patronize my favorite small businesses more often!  *Sigh*  Well, I learned a valuable lesson today.


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Rainmaker
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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 TheHomeFunnel.com - Seattle, WA
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Carie-I agree it's a sad time when we see small business close, they do so much for the local economy  keeping more dollars stay here as opposed to leaving the area.

 

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Jan 07, 2012 02:13 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker

Carie - all the more reason for us to be blogging about small businesses in our community. You have inspired me this morning.

Jan 07, 2012 02:24 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Carie,  Always a sad ending.  More of us need to shop our local stores or risk losing them !

Jan 07, 2012 02:24 PM #3
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Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX - Chicago, IL

Adrian:  A very sorrowful sign of the times indeed!

Cynthia: Thanks ... I'm glad I inspired you :)

Bill: Yes, I have been sadly reminded that I need to shop local more often!

Jan 07, 2012 02:36 PM #4
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Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886

Carie it's been happening in the Phoenix area for way too long.  It's sad to make sure we call ahead anytime we're planning on visiting a small business these days - just to make sure they're still open.  I try to shop local as often as possible.

Jan 07, 2012 03:33 PM #5
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Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX - Chicago, IL

Anna:  You're so right ... it is terribly sad that you have to call ahead to confirm these days.  But, good for you that you shop local as much as possible.

Jan 07, 2012 07:23 PM #6
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Scott Freedle
Metro Brokers Freedle and Associates - Centennial, CO

This is truly a sad note to get especially from clients you have sold a home to.   We just have to hope they find another position to fill the gap.

Jan 07, 2012 08:41 PM #7
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Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX - Chicago, IL

Scott:  I know ... I feel really sad for them, and hope they will prosper in their next endeavor -- whatever that may be.

Jan 08, 2012 10:51 AM #8
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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Carie, I feel like it's my duty to support small businesses. I certainly did back in November. So sad, you've lost another one.

Jan 08, 2012 06:05 PM #9
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Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX - Chicago, IL

Connie:  You're right!  If we don't support small businesses more -- we may not have many left to support.

Jan 08, 2012 08:08 PM #10
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Cal Yoder
Keller Williams of Central PA East - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

I feel the pain you express. I hate to see small businesses go out of business. It is painful and does not help our economy. Here is a better 2012.

Cal

Jan 09, 2012 07:20 PM #11
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Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX - Chicago, IL

Cal:  Yes ... here's to a better 2012!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Jan 09, 2012 10:33 PM #12
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's a sign of the times seeing the empty buildings and store fronts.  So sad.  I always think about the dreams the owner had when they first opened the doors...hopefully they learn something from the experience that they can apply to their next business for a better result.

Jan 10, 2012 10:41 AM #13
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Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX - Chicago, IL

Sharon:  Yes, it is a sad sign of the times.  And unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to good business people.

Jan 10, 2012 12:17 PM #14
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Paula Bradfield
Keller Williams Performance - Salida, CO
Your Salida Colorado and Down Valley Realtor

Hey Carie, I just posted a blog about you as a newbie! Nice work. I enjoy your posts!

 

Jan 12, 2012 06:03 PM #15
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Carie Shapiro
Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX - Chicago, IL

Paula:  OMG!  I'm heading over there right now ....

Jan 13, 2012 09:53 AM #16
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