I believe that the back bone of a community is the health of the small businesses it contains. We hear all of the time about the need for jobs, jobs, jobs. Small businesses are the number one provider of these jobs. When small business succeeds, it creates opportunities to re-invest and grow. With that growth not only comes more jobs, but higher paying job opportunities. It is no secret that one of the major factors of a strong economy, whether nationally or locally, is the unemployment rate. When a community has a low unemployment rate and successful small businesses a cycle of prosperity begins. A prosperous community is a proud community. Not only are more people working, but many other benefits fall into place. It is like a snow ball effect of positive consequences.
One of these benefits is safety. When a community is proud as a whole, people are more likely to protect each other and show a better sense of unity. Also, the more proud of a community someone is, the less likely they are to do anything to jeopardize it.
We have established that with successful small businesses there is more money flowing throughout the community, and that the community will be safer, so the positive consequences of these things are better schools! You would be hard pressed to find a family (or really anyone for that matter) that would tell you that they don't want better schools in their communities. This is one of the biggest parts of the cycle of prosperity. I doubt anyone would argue that the better education you get, the better chance you have to be successful.
My favorite benefit is the opportunity for successful small business owners to be positive leaders in their communities. This leads to a greater sense of togetherness and pride, while giving young people a positive example of what to look up to.
There are more benefits as well. If you would like to look into this further you can