Dana Stibolt

You never know where your next great business idea might come from. Keep your mind (and heart) open as a business owner.

You never know where your next great business idea might come from. Keep your mind (and heart) open as a business owner.

Last winter, I visited a darling little coffee shop, and I loved shopping locally and supporting a fellow small business. I spent generously and was super happy with the vegan treats that were served up. I posted them on my Instagram, and the shop liked my post (I am always surprised when businesses DON’T do this). It was a great outing, all in all! Everyone behind the counter was wearing masks, but oddly, everyone seemed sad. That was slightly off-putting, but I was not going to let that bother me.

After thinking about their space (it’s small) and their location (small and charming), I came up with an excellent idea for them. I sent them a DM on Facebook, but they never got back to me. Now, I never got back to them either, but this was the second time I had reached out to them to support them, and I did not head back either time. Now, there are no complaints, only positive vibes, and in my first case, they were supporting something I loved, and I offered a donation for their mission. I would have sent them $100 for sure, as this mission is close to my heart.

I had an excellent idea (that I was offering them for free) that would have cost them $50-$100 in material costs. It would have improved their traffic flow and attracted more folks who were passing by their shop to come inside and visit. Also, if you’re vegan, you know how many places have a vegan donut to offer, and by the time you get there, they are sold out. My idea would have helped with this.