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It’s National Small Business Week

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May 5 – 11, 2019 is National Small Business Week – and that’s cause for celebration!

This week, in honor of National Small Business Week, I’m celebrating the new location of Scented Balance at the Ramey Dawn Wellness Group! My new studio is located at 108 South Main Street in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Scented Balance Aromatherapy is a local, independent small business and I hope you’ll take a few moments to find out more about my products and services – especially this week!

Celebrating Small Business Owners

I also want to celebrate and share the love for some of my hard-working fellow entrepreneurs:

      • Alyson Rorem of Jasper and Fern Photographers. If you ever want to truly see what your soul looks like on camera, get your photograph taken at Jasper & Fern in Winston-Salem. She’s an amazing photographer!
      • Tressa Krenzer of Lovingkindness Reiki and Yoga. What an amazing healer! Tressa works to help you heal through Reiki and also specializes in yoga for all levels and sizes. You’ll love her heart and soul.
      • Mary Haglund of Mary’s Gourmet Diner. There are no words to describe the depth of my admiration for this amazing entrepreneur! Mary is a shining light in the Piedmont Triad through her restaurant and by sharing her wisdom with other women.
      • Pattie Manuel of PBM Personal Training and Ramey Dawn Wellness Group. Pattie is the perfect professional to help you manage your weight (and your pain) in a safe non-judgmental environment. 
      • Jessi Ruiz of Sweet Aromaz Coffee Shop. Awesome coffee, beautiful flowers and she provides a wonderful atmosphere – an awesome place to be!
      • Allison Dahl of Dahlia’s Floral Designs. Everything from wedding flowers to simple everyday floral beauty, Dahlia’s is the place to go!
      • Kristin Schollander of Catbird Art and Events. Kristin organizes monthly handcrafted artisan events at various locations around the Triad. A huge proponent of #shoplocal and #shopsmall, Kristin offers first-class events!
      • Kandi Villano of Computer and Technology Solutions, Inc. Kandi can host your website, help you with your QuickBooks, fix your computer and handle your phone system as well as answer a million tech-related questions.
      • Margaret Morris of Triad Speech Consultants. Margaret can help you beef up your public speaking skills, smooth your regional accent and enhance your self-confidence.

Thinking About Small Businesses First

These are just a few of the small businesses that I know – who do you know?

Where do you go for flowers?

Who helps you with your computer problems?

What’s your favorite coffee shop?

When you need a product or service, do you think about a small business first?

Do you ever shop at your local farmer’s market? Yes – farmers are small business owners as well.

Is there a small gift shop that you could go to for the next gift that you need?

It’s not the huge conglomerates that move the economy. It’s all the small businesses in all the towns and cities across America that keep the economy humming along.

Shift 10% Of Your Spending To Make A REAL Impact

Just by shifting 10% of your shopping dollars to local mom and pop stores, you’re keeping the local economy healthy and giving back to your community.

Here’s a few good reasons why shopping local makes sense:

      1. Small businesses pay their taxes to their local community which goes back into your neighborhood and town.
      2. Over half the jobs in America come from small businesses – NOT the big guys!
      3. Better and more personal customer service. Seriously.
      4. Small businesses create a sense of community – I met ALL of the small business owners listed above at community events. 
      5. Doesn’t giving back and helping someone you know live their dream give you a good feeling? It does. Really it does.

Have you ever thought about going into business for yourself? There’s local FREE help through the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech, Guilford Tech and at Davidson Community College, various networking groups around town and the Small Business Administration.

All of these resources are FREE. Use them – that’s what they’re there for!

I love being an entrepreneur. It’s challenging, rewarding and makes me part of an amazing community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

Want to know more? Fill out this contact form and let’s talk – whether it’s about aromatherapy or small business ownership – I’m here for you!

Blessings,

Melissa

P.S. Please take a moment to share this post and leave a comment with your favorite small business! That’s how YOU can help!

I Am Thankful For You

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I am thankful for YOU – very grateful for each one of you who are kind enough to support small local businesses. In particular, my small business Scented Balance.

Owning a small business isn’t as easy and breezy as it looks. There’s the really fun stuff like creating aromatherapy products that help make life easier; being at the markets and shows to build relationships with you and researching different essential oils for even more products. I absolutely love sharing the many ways aromatherapy provides a viable alternative to everyday products to decrease the chemical load on our bodies.

Then, there’s the less fun stuff. Like accounting. Sigh…..it’s not my strong suit, but it has to be done. Ah, but I digress.

This past weekend was busy with two big shows – the kind that takes lots of preparation and forethought. If you’re anything like me, there’s worry about being prepared. Worry that I have enough supply on hand so I don’t run out. Then I worry if I have the RIGHT product that you want or need for your particular concern.

Yes – I’m a worrywart…

It’s been lonely not having markets and shows to go to – I miss talking to you. I’ve missed the camaraderie, talking with you about your concerns and showing you an enhanced way to feel and look better through aromatherapy. There are times when I’ve felt invisible – or is that obviously visible but painfully ignored?

I’m very thankful and grateful for your support; for the opportunity to help ease your headaches, eczema, pain and indigestion. You give me a few minutes of your time and I do my best to make the most of it so you walk away with honest information – whether you buy anything or not.

When you stop by here to read my blog, search for products or visit the various and sundry Scented Balance social media pages – I feel grateful and blessed.

I’m grateful that my calling found me and that it’s my passion. Do I wish I aromatherapy would have found me a lot sooner? Yes. However, I’m simply grateful that it found me at all.

You see, when I’m in my studio creating and replenishing products, my heart sings. SINGS!

I work with 84 different essential oils – each with their own unique physical and energetic qualities. It’s a joy for me to research how particular essential oils will benefit any number of your concerns. In every way, these research expeditions give me a wonderful sweet sensation in the pit of my stomach – and my heart.

Several times this past weekend, people stepped into my booth to say that you remembered me from a previous show. Three of you told me you were so happy to find me at the shows because you love my products and how they make you feel better.

Thank you. From the bottom of my toes – thank you.

Why am I sharing this? Maybe if you knew just how hard it is to own a small business, you might be more inclined to support those who have taken the leap of faith to live their dream.

You make a difference in someone’s life each time you shop at a small business. I realize you have to go to the superstores to stretch your dollar and take care of your family in the best possible way. I get that. But please consider shifting just 10% of your shopping dollars to a small independent business that’s near you.

There’s lots of ways to easily make a small shift.

The next time you go to your local grocery store, look around in the shopping center. I’ll bet there’s a small coffee shop, boutique or restaurant that you could explore. Better yet, get to know the owner – you’ll see firsthand how a few dollars makes a huge difference.

The farmer’s markets are back in full swing beginning this month. These hardworking farmers support their families and earn their livelihoods through blood, sweat, and soul. Buying your vegetables, fruit, eggs, cheese and meat from them directly supports their dream of working the land – they’re small business owners, too.

I can tell you from the past few years working at farmer’s markets that they truly appreciate your business. Working farms are disappearing at an alarming rate. Small businesses are fighting giant big box stores and online behemoths with deep pockets.

Some days, it feels like a losing battle.

This week is National Small Business Week (April 29 – May 5, 2018) and what better time to take a few minutes and explore a local business? If you live in a small town, then some of your neighbors are small business owners who would be deeply grateful for your loyalty and patronage.

By the way, Aromatherapy Awareness Week is held annually during the second full week of June. You bet I’ll have something going on!

Maybe you’ve dreamed of starting your own business? For those in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, Hustle Winston-Salem is a great place to talk to someone at no charge to learn the ins and outs of small business ownership. Fay Horowitt is an amazing entrepreneurial expert who can answer questions to see if it’s right for you.

I’m asking you to please take a moment and share this message on your Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram feed – or whatever social media platform you use. If you’re not on social media, please take a moment to talk to your friends and family about supporting small independent businesses – please and thank you!

Thank you to each one of you who have helped support my dream of entrepreneurship.  I am deeply grateful for you – sending you BIG hugs and many thanks!

Blessings,

Melissa

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