3 ways to support your favorite small business

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This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration celebrated Small Business Week. They recognized small businesses for their achievements, and helped bring awareness to entrepreneurship in the U.S. Entrepreneurs create two out of every three jobs in U.S. – so they play a huge role in our economy.

There are over 30 million small businesses in the U.S., so chances are, you know a small business owner! Small businesses thrive through the support of their local communities, and you can be a part of that. To help you do just that, here are three easy – and FREE! – ways you can support your favorite small business, entrepreneur, or artist!

1. Interact with them on social media.

You already like and follow all of your favorite businesses, products, and brands on social media. That’s enough, right? It’s a great way to keep up on the latest news, but there’s more to it than that. Social media platforms like Facebook are constantly changing what you see in your news feeds – and specifically limiting what you see from business pages. When you interact with a post on a business page, it ensures that you’ll continue to see posts from them. It also bumps up that page in your friends’ news feeds, too, helping small businesses reach a larger audience.

See past a post you like while scrolling your social media, by a business you like?

  • Click that thumbs up button to like the post!
  • If the post has content that you really love, leave a quick comment.
  • Think your friends would like the content too? Share it on your page!

These are quick, easy actions you can take that help your favorite small business, while doing something that you’re already doing.

While you’re at it – check out Way Creative on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We’d love to see you there!

2. Review them online.

Do you read online reviews before you try a new product or service? So does everyone else. When you get great service at a restaurant or business, do them a favor by leaving a Google review. For small businesses who provide a service and don’t have a brick and mortar location (like us!), rate or review them on Facebook. Reviews help other customers decide to choose that business or service over another.

3. Refer them to friends and family.

Overhear someone asking for a recommendation for a product or service, and know a small business that offers it? Refer them! As the old saying goes, the highest compliment a business can get is the referral of a customer’s friends and family. A recommendation in person is great. Or, if you have a friend asking for a referral online, tag your favorite small business or drop their website address.

4. (BONUS TIP!) Buy from a small business when you need a product or service.

Ok, this tip isn’t free. Next time you’re in the market for a product or service, think of who you might already know that offers it. Or, ask friends or search online to find recommendations in your local community. It’s always great to get introduced to a new favorite business. Not only are you supporting the small business owner, you’re also supporting your local economy. And don’t you want to spend your money where you live?

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Of course, if you’re looking for video production for your nonprofit, wedding, or any event, we’d love for you to consider Way Creative! It’s a lot of work to start, grow, and maintain a small business, but it’s also very rewarding. We love that we can get to know our clients on a personal level and do business in the community that we love to live and work in. Contact us today, and let’s start working together!

Merry Christmas from Way Creative LLC!

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During the hectic holiday season, we want to pause for a minute to wish you a very Merry Christmas! It has been a busy, fun 2017, and we are excited for the New Year.

Christmas Holiday Hours

We will have limited business hours from December 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018. We’ll be taking some time off to celebrate and spend time with our families, friends, and each other! We’re also looking ahead and planning for what’s to come in 2018. You can still contact us via email and on our website, and we’ll respond as soon as we’re able!

It’s Been a Great 2017!

We’ve had the opportunity to work with some inspiring organizations and dear friends this year, and we couldn’t be more grateful. From uniting for Grand Rapids Public Schools through the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, to promoting the awesome shows, casts, and crews at Circle Theatre, to recapping amazing events by The Midwest Tech Project that expose students to the tech field, to seeing the role that music plays in student’s lives in the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, it is truly our honor to help share the stories that shape our communities. We love the work that these and other organizations in Grand Rapids are doing to make a difference in people’s lives.

We appreciate you!

Thank you to our amazing clients and business partners for working with us in 2017. We also have to give a huge shout-out to our friends and families for their support and referrals as we continue to build our small business. We appreciate you all, and couldn’t do this without you!

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season and the best in 2018,

Julie Way & Kyle Way

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Fry, the newest Way Creative mascot, poses in front of the tree for his first Christmas portrait.

P.S. Love our holiday card image? Check out Dang Harris Design for your holiday card or other design needs!

Let’s work together in 2017!

Hi, we’re Julie Way and Kyle Way, the owners and video producers of Way Creative LLC! Thanks for visiting our new website. If you’re looking for video or creative work in 2017, you’ve come to the right place.  We provide services in Grand Rapids, MI and beyond. Check out our recent work and contact us here – we’d love to talk with you.

Stay tuned as we continue to add new content to our site. For now, we wish the best in 2017!

Happy New Year!