One day at a lunch, I was visiting with some women who were considered retirees. I was sharing about my Travel Backroads Directory and they were all ears. I was sharing some of my hopes and dreams and why I want to lead others to all the local "gems" in the rough; those local businesses off the beaten path, downtown in an obscure location, or even perhaps operating out of a home. My passion continues to grow.
"Let's go" they said. I laughed and told them I was not near ready to set up a bus trip! "Well, get going then!" was their reply. They were ready that day and I realized that destination trips, bus trips and a short 1-2 day excursion was definitely a dream that I would try to make happen.
In order to put one of these together, the directory needs to continue to grow so there are more and more businesses and destinations to discover. Through the course of my building this directory, I am working hard to advertise and to get my directory found online; through Google, tourism and state chambers, finding ways to get my directory noticed and therefore the businesses. I believe I have a 'gem' in the rough and that is this directory. I won't refer to this as a "venture". A "venture" makes it appear by definition as a "risk" or a "daring undertaking". I don't believe this is. I believe I have something that is so worthwhile, just like those businesses that are listing with Travel Backroads and those that have yet to list.
I believe that bus trips are not too far off in the distant future. I need to get word out more and more, but I particularly need more businesses to list. I also need others to pass the word and for business owners to realize how reasonable it is to get their business listed. Slick and glossy Ads in magazine's cost a small fortune, as do television and radio Ads. Not only do you pay for one month or time but you have to pay per each time. It can wipe out a budget quickly. Travel Backroads works for you for 365 days of the year. You list at our reasonable rates and we promote for a year. You can hardly afford not to work with us driving the passion to go local.
Definitely these are not too far off in the distant future. List your business today or give a gift this holiday season that lasts for a year.
Your help in driving the passion to go local will be greatly appreciated!
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Will Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods potentially affect us in the Heartland?
We don't know how it will affect us in the future or not too distant future; it's too soon to tell. What we do need to pay attention to is how could it impact our local communities and businesses? Will it affect us in South Dakota? I know it is already affecting us in the heartland; with all the online business our state is not seeing a dime in taxes or are just beginning.
Some communities have amazing community support of local businesses.
How can we help our communities be more pro-active in this manner?
Is this something we think about; to make our communities economically healthy?
It is a "ripple down effect" if we keep money in our local economies feeding privately-owned businesses that hire local employees, or distribute products from our farms to stores and more. It all matters. That's the bottom line. It's a "ripple down effect."
Personally, I believe we can help:
1) Avoid "Amazoning" if possible, and keep our ecosystem of local businesses strong and growing.
2) Teach your children now and let them see first hand your shopping at home when possible.
3) What's good for the goose is good for the gander; for example, don't support shopping at home, but turn around and purchase mail-order pre-packaged foods that deliver to your door. Buy your products locally.
4) If you cannot find it in your community, you're still better off going to the next community, versus buying online.
We can be pro-active for our communities,
P.S. I welcome your comments; I love food for thought!