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2021 Update To Why And How You Should Support Local Small Businesses

Were you aware that 20% of Canadian startups fail within a year? 60% don’t make it to see three, let alone in a worldwide financial crisis… It goes without saying, local businesses need help from their townspeople more than ever, especially as this pandemic drags out. So what’s in it for you? Read on; there are more benefits than most consumers realize.

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Hire Local to Help Your Community Thrive

While big names and large chain companies tend to saturate the markets they’re part of, they don’t always offer the best value, nor do they offer the best service. These companies are able to push their names to such an extent due to advantageous marketing budgets, making it more likely for them to capitalize off folks who “buy into” their tactics. Don’t be one of the individuals that buy in; Instead, help give small local businesses a voice! Pay-it-forward and strengthen your community by hiring local small businesses for whatever your needs may be, as this is going to be your best bet for the many fruitful reasons below. Remember, all you have to do is Make A Request on GetAssist to be connected with LOCAL small-business professionals that truly and genuinely know how to best serve your needs!  

Health of Local Economy

Thanks to data gathered by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), we know that 54% of grocery shoppers prefer buying locally sourced food because they want to support farmers and other producers in their area. The same holds true for homeowners opting for small, local contractors for house projects and beyond. Hiring from your local talent pool signals to your customers and clients that you’re a true citizen of your area, according to Forbes. In addition, your investment goes straight back to the community you reside in! It is vital for everyone to do their part in investing in their community’s economic growth and assist in enhancing the overall well-being of its laborers. Whether you need a handyman for a quick and easy project, or a small army of professionals for a larger project, your needs will be met and surpassed when you make a request on GetAssist to be connected with your choice of top local pros for the job.

Strong Relationships & Network

When you hire a local pro from a small business, you’re helping them build their clientele, thus benefiting both of you equally. While you have peace of mind from a job well done, they gain more exposure and another potentially long-term client. Sure, the project is still an expense, but it’s exceptionally worth it knowing you’re helping feed a family’s stability as they grow their beloved business. Most importantly, through these strong relationships, you know exactly who to contact if future issues arise! Perhaps you will depend on the great services of this individual for many years to come.

We’ve provided some simple tips that will help enhance your relationship with your preferred local professionals. If you’re happy with their services, be sure to:

  • Leave them a great review
  • Call them after the project to say just one more “thank you”
  • Tell your friends! Word of mouth marketing is extremely valuable for small businesses in your community.
  • Let them know you would be happy to provide a testimonial or have your project serve as a case study

Personal Touch of Community

When you reside in the same community as the individual you embark on a project with, you have a connection right out of the gate that will help foster trust throughout the project and beyond. At GetAssist, we believe that hiring nearby small businesses is the most logical, worthwhile route when scouting out professionals to tackle a job. By investing in local talent, the notion of a strong & thriving community remains at the forefront. Further, when you are part of the same community, you have a joint understanding of the local culture, initiatives, resources, hurdles, etc. Nothing feels better than comradery and a sense of comfort when you make a request to connect with the same team that remembers you and your project. In fact, “the personal touch is one of the best things that a local contractor can offer; the feeling that your project matters to them and that you as a customer matter to them,” according to National Home Improvement, Inc.

When it comes to the personal touch of community, we can’t forget to mention these two crucial areas of safety that are best instilled in knowledgeable locals:

  1. Local professionals are up-to-speed with building codes, permit requirements, zoning rules, etc. in your area.
  2. Local professionals are more familiar with the types of builds and structural integrity of homes and properties in the area.

Simpler to Choose Your Preferred Professional

Choosing your preferred professional for projects is easier when you eliminate large names and companies from the line-up from the get-go. Since they reside in the community they serve, local contractors are compelled to perform quality work that satisfies their customers and creates a good reputation in order for their business to survive and prosper. Whatever needs arise, be sure to support your local community and #MakeARequest to connect with top locals to execute your project flawlessly.

Emergency Service / Availability

How many times have you been given the run-around with inconvenient service time windows or flat-out unavailability after regular business hours? Life is full of surprises, and we certainly can’t anticipate the issues that occasionally arise at vexing times. When you #MakeARequest for services on GetAssist, you’re connected with multiple choices of professionals to tackle the job, so at least a few of them are bound to offer more flexible service hours! And/or, when you build rapport with the professionals that we help connect you with, they will be more likely to lend a helping hand at the drop of a hat.

It is our hope that you, too, see the immense value in investing in small businesses and local talent. Join all of us at GetAssist in our continued efforts to lift up the communities in which we reside and help them to not only function, but thrive! Whatever your needs, Make A Request and we’ll handle the rest.

6 Steps to Fearlessly Lead an Online Community

online community leaderWhat’s the difference between productive online conversations and angry online snipping matches?

Leadership.

Online communities are powerhouses of collaboration that demand fearless leaders to succeed. They otherwise become vacuums of disinformation and vitriol that inevitably fail.

The best social managers build constituencies with purpose and a strategy for growth. They ensure that members exchange valuable information, advice and ideas. They administer a steady flow of content that’s timely, relevant and encourages feedback. They ask thoughtful questions and respond to comments.

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Feeding The Hungry In Your Community

feed the hungryDid you know? 1 in 8 households in Canada is food insecure, amounting to over 4 million Canadians (including 1.15 million children) living in homes that struggle to put food on the table. This is according to PROOF, a food insecurity research team based in Toronto. Now knowing these disconcerting statistics, you’re likely wondering how you can help families in your own community that are struggling with food insecurity. You can start by using the GetAssist app to find and discuss opportunities, as well as present ideas of your own.

Whether you’d like to help remedy hunger in your community immediately or would prefer brainstorming ways to assist for the long-haul, be sure to take the following ideas into consideration, and most importantly, take action!

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Broadway Neighbourhood Centre

GetAssist Issues Fundraising Challenge for Wednesday’s BNC Fundraiser

Broadway Neighbourhood CentreWinnipeg, Manitoba – Bruce Fikowski, CEO of Get Assist, Inc., offered a friendly fundraising challenge to his fellow Winnipeg business professionals to meet or exceed his $1,000 donation to the Broadway Neighborhood Centre (BNC) on Wednesday.

“Fundraising for worthwhile causes remains part and parcel of strong and healthy communities,” Fikowski said. “We are working at our level best to ensure that we support Winnipeg as much as it supports us.”

The BNC will hold a dawn to dusk fundraiser on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 to raise a minimum $20,000 to fund its free youth programming. The BNC promotes healthy lifestyles, positive change, respect and building communities.

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Communities: The Heart of GetAssist

At GetAssist, we believe that Community is essential. It’s where we connect. It’s how we serve each other best. To us, a community is a group of like-minded people who come together to exchange ideas, information and share their experiences on a regular basis. Read more

The Power of Community Collaboration

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“People of all ages who feel a sense of belonging tend to lead happier and healthier lives, and
strong communities create a more stable and supportive society.” 

GetAssist is built on the notion that a community is a powerful thing and can have a tremendous impact on our lives. Through collaboration, understanding and a willingness to help, our communities flourish. But what makes a strong community and why is it so important?

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4 Tips for Finding Liked-Minded People In Your Community

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Are you new to the community? Then you’re probably looking for a way to meet your neighbors, get involved and make some friends! Unfortunately, accomplishing this might not be as easy as you would hope. But with a little effort, you can find friends in your community in no time! Here are four tips to get you started.

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Who’s in your community?

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Today we want to take a look at how the concept of community has been redefined by the advent of the Internet, and how GetAssist will bring you closer to and get you more involved in the communities that are part of your life.

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