Reno-Sparks will always have chain stores.
Its population base demands the national companies be here.
Locally owned stores are another matter. Their presence is not guaranteed.
“If everything is turned into a chain, we turn into a cookie-cutter city,” said Dave Asher of Buy Nevada First. “We would lose our local flavor, our local character, our local identity and end up looking like every strip mall in California.”
Their success strengthens the whole community.
“By and large, local businesses pay a higher wage rate than the big boxes do,” said Rod Jorgensen, director of counseling and management consultant at the Nevada Small Business Development Center. “And the profits that the local business owner generates are going to be re-spent in this community multiple times.
“Plus we like when we go into a store we frequent and they know our name.”
But because chain stores have advantages due to their size and regional or nationwide presence — often lower prices and always bigger advertising budgets — they can easily cause problems for small businesses.
So this week, small-business experts and owners offer advice to help locally owned companies and those wanting to start one.
Read more here