Recently, we ran across an article from our good friends over at Bob Clements International that we just had to share. You can find the link at the bottom of this blog post. KPM and Bob Clements share a joint passion for helping outdoor power equipment dealers be as successful as possible. Over the years, Bob Clements' has assisted KPM with dealer meetings, education, and other trainings.
An organization’s culture is developed, in most cases, through the activities of the people involved over time. The activities, by way of only a few examples may be:
- The way people speak to one another
- How they serve a customer
- The backdrop behind how decisions are made
- Empathy for customers and each other
- Or, from a long history of processes, procedures and policies
Sometimes a culture is borne out of an organizational creed, mission statement, prayer, or the leader in the organization.
It is entirely viable that a culture can attract people in the examples noted. “ABC company is a great company to work for,” one might hear. Do they pay high compensation? Do they give a lot of time off?
This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 28. It’s a day that encourages consumers to shop small and local. Since American Express started the initiative in 2010, eighty-eight million people have shown up to “shop small.”
In the outdoor power equipment industry, shopping small means to forgo the big box stores and take your business to the locally owned outdoor power equipment dealership in your area. In addition to supporting the community where you live, shopping local has other benefits.
Local outdoor power equipment dealers provide knowledge and services not found in big box retailers. For landscape contractors looking to make a significant investment in their next piece of equipment, that’s especially important.
So, why shop local for your outdoor power equipment?