Now More Than Ever, Local Small Businesses Matter

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

honeycombFirst, don't see RE/MAX associated with us and think we're Big Business.  While our brokerage is a big name, Liz and me?  We're independent contractors who pay to be affiliated with the brand name.  We're definitely a small business, working hard to take care of our clients.  You hire us, you get US.  Those agents with a ton of furry critters and a handful of beehives in our backyard :)

And in coronavirus times we've watched many small businesses get hurt badly by the shelter-in-place requirements.  We're truly blessed because my engineering job easily allows me to work from home, and while real estate business is off a bit, we're able to keep working there too.

And for the most part, we were already prepared for the shelter-in-place because we're fortunate enough to be able to prepare.  The essentials are pretty much always in place with the exception of some perishables.

The one thing that is even more apparent than ever over the last couple of months is just how fragile a small business can be.  Margins are thin for many mom & pop type places, and when government shuts small business doors, the bills don't stop.  More than one restaurant and local small business has announced they're permanently closed. 

Some city councils are doing what they can to support their local businesses, others have political in-fighting going on for weeks (so far) with no clear path to actually HELPING the small businesses that are in dire straits.

And another thing we've noticed?  The big box stores are struggling with their supply chains.  Only recently has TP been becoming regularly available again.  And for a bit, milk, eggs, bread and other daily staples were cleared off the shelves, and some things are still not back. 

But you know who isn't having the same troubles as the Big Box stores?  Local small business farms and suppliers that we probably should have been using before, but hadn't.  And with some of our favorite restaurants taking a time-out, we've tried some others that are still offering take-out.  Tonight, Mae Ploy's Thai restaurant in downtown Lebanon provided us some great food for dinner.

You want pure maple syrup?  Turns out a family (literally) just around the corner from our home produces maple syrup.  We've now got a quart each of Grade A Amber, Dark, & Very Dark.  We'll figure out which one we like best and restock as we need it.


Produce?  There are local farms and CSAs that provide options that we think you'll enjoy.

Meat?  Local butcher shops are staying busy since they're locally sourced and not dependent upon the large national chains to supply them.

Or you can go straight to local farms to find high quality pasture fed, antibiotic-free, hormone free pork or beef.  And in general, you'll find their prices comparable (or even better) than the national chains offer.



So take a look around, there are probably some great small businesses you can help through these times.  We think you'll like what you find (we have) and become a long term customer.


Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz




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  1. Joseph Doohan 04/30/2020 12:31 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - the impact of this crisis is impacting lots of people and businesses as well as communities of all sizes and varieties.  It's a big issue.  Tackled by large and significant measures along with everyday smaller acts of kindness.  Often.  

Apr 19, 2020 07:24 PM #1
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

#SupportSmallBusiness has been my #1 pound sign... oh excuse me... "hash-tag" since March 16th. I'm proud to say my #1 source of groceries is our local Farmer's Market store.

Apr 19, 2020 08:19 PM #2
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Liz and Bill Spear I can't adequately express how much I admire and respect you for your tenacity in trying to find ways to support local businesses. Bravo and very well-done. Lauren

Apr 19, 2020 08:23 PM #3
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Yes Liz and Bill Spear buy small business when you can and at least buy American! A good way to start is to buy American cars and support our own economy. Get drug manufacturing back in the USA. Jeff

Apr 19, 2020 10:10 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. The wake up call that supporting small business has arrived. Are you taking the call? Nancy is not! Enjoy your day!

Apr 20, 2020 05:39 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- when we drive down our streets and I see the small businesses closed, I ache for them. Many of our restaurants here are offering to the public staples that they are buying from vendors ...items such as tomatoes, lettuce, meats, and such. Panera is offering this. Larry and I try to order something to be picked up a few times a week. 

And there are farmers who are still selling to the public. 

The first thing I made sure we had (besides TP) in the pantry was flour so Larry could make bread and pasta. I can't find any bread flour but we'll make do. 

It was mind boggling when I learned that the supply chains could not get it together so that extra produce that was not being purchased by restaurants was being thrown away. I think they may have finally worked that out. 

Apr 22, 2020 07:32 PM #6
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

It hurts to see so many hard-working small businesses suffer. For most of them, there is nothing we can do - they're closed and that's that. As for the local restaurants, we just ordered out and have to wait over an hour and 15 min. That's a good thing!

Apr 25, 2020 04:37 PM #7
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

It's so sad th see so many local shops closed and we've heard so many will not be back. There's only so much support we can give but hoping every little bit helps them re-open when we get back to "normal". 

Apr 26, 2020 05:41 AM #8
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We definitely need to take care of our small local businesses ! And tip their help very well also !

Apr 26, 2020 10:21 AM #9
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

So many small businesses are suffering.  Like you, I have been shopping local.  I learned something new - I never knew they had different types of maple syrup!  Stay safe.

Apr 26, 2020 12:55 PM #10
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Small margins is the reason most small businesses will not survive if the powers that be do not get the check, loan, etc. to them FAST.  Small businesses cannot operate without income for over one month.  PERIOD.  

Apr 26, 2020 02:07 PM #11
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