One of the best aspects of owning a local business, is feeling like you are contributing to life in your community, Small businesses are often the sponsors of local causes, sports teams and community centers. Certainly, big companies employ many people, and give back to communities, but small businesses uniquely give a community energy, personality and culture.
Unless you're talking about ex-girlfriends or '80s haircuts, you should always recycle. Sure, you may feel good about yourself because you save bottles and cans and carry a canvas tote to the Trader Joe's, but the fact remains -- there are SO MANY MORE household products that can be reused and reinvented if you'd just stop throwing them in the trash.
In the very back of one of the halls of the fashion trade show called MAGIC, I came across an entrepreneur in the footwear section whose enthusiasm made me stop in my tracks. He couldn't have been more happy to share information on how his shoe line was completely different from all of the other exhibitors.