VGM spotlights members during National Small Business Week
Did you know that more than half of Americans either work or own a small business? Or that small businesses employ two out of three net new jobs? Small businesses are vital to the economy and their local communities. This week is National Small Business Week and we are proud to show our support by spotlighting a few of the many small businesses and VGM members who are doing BIG things!
VGM small business snapshot No. 2: Best Home Medical
Location: Best Home Medical is an independent home medical equipment company located in Barboursville and Hurricane, West Virginia.
Established in: Barboursville (2005) and Hurricane (2011)
Employs: 11 employees
Community Involvement: Best Home Medical partners with their local TV station each year during Thanksgiving and collects food to go towards the Fight Against Hunger Campaign. During the Christmas season, staff collect toys for children in need. To add, Best Home Medical is a consistent sponsor of scholarships for high school students to go to college and employees enjoy volunteering at assisted living and senior facilities.
Currently, Best Home Medical is donating $1 to the American Lung Association for every CPAP and oxygen set up from April – December 31, 2015.
What are the benefits of small businesses?
“Small businesses are important for the economy and the consumers they serve. They provide consumers with more options for where they will buy retail items and employees typically work closely with customers to learn firsthand about their individual needs, “says Regina Gillispie, CEO of Best Home Medical.
Gillispie adds, “Due to being very customer-oriented, small businesses can respond and adapt quickly to changing economic climates. This means that small businesses are often able to stay afloat during hard times, which helps strengthen the local economy.”
Why should people support small businesses?
“When consumers frequent local small businesses, they are giving money back to their community. When a local business thrives, it will pay higher local taxes. This money is then used for schools, police stations, and fire departments in the area,” Gillispie concludes.