Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Steve and Melissa grew up around animals. After entering the pet industry, Steve felt that he could build a better, stronger dog-walking company—with a little help from technology. That's why he and Melissa founded Puppy Pronto. Their dog-walking service comes with a free lock box, which allows them to care for your pets while you're away without causing an unfortunate security breach. Once inside, they deck out your fridge with a barcode magnet. Scanning this sends you an email, so you know precisely when they arrived to walk your pet. They also send humans a link to a Google map of their canine's route. Alternatively, they can equip pups with a special camera that documents their walks. A bit of editing creates a polished, downloadable film so you can see the world through your dog's eyes. Tail-waggers in need of a place to crash have the option of staying at Steve and Melissa's place—in the company of their two poodles—or at the dog's own pad where they keep their favorite smells.