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.
As a graduate of UT Austin, the free-spirited city has always remained special to me. Back then, I never stepped foot on the east side, as it was the Great Unknown for most. But artists and creatives moved east in pursuit of lower rent over the last few years, and innovative businesses began to emerge.