There are dozens small businesses in Trenton and Grosse Ile. Some of them may be places you and your family frequent, businesses that have been in the two communities for as long as you can remember. And some may be your go-to places instead of national chains.
AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong may stand behind a global brand, but he believes in the power of small businesses. In his recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, he offered his insight into what can set a small business above the rest of the competition.
Small businesses can hold a lot of power if they are intuitive with their customer base, Armstrong said.
“Small businesses can be nimble and can have intimate relationships with their customers. Knowing what their customers want is a very big advantage.”
Trenton Jewelers is an example of a small business that creates personal relationships with customers, which keeps them coming back.
"We take a personal interest in each and every customer that comes through our door and we custom tailor the pieces that we do to specifically satisfy their needs and requirements," Wayne McDermitt, Trenton Jewelers owner and jewelry designer said.
Armstrong also noted that real success lies in what your business offers that the competitors do not.
“The advice I would give is the same advice I give myself—how do you create a differentiated and time-saving experience versus your competition? If a consumer cannot tell another consumer what unique benefit you offer, you might be missing an opportunity,” he said.
Here's a list of other popular small businesses in Trenton:
- Olds' Flower Shop
- The Shirtery
- Michigan Authentic Treasures
Another way to support locally owned small businesses is to participate in American Express's Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. Last year, over 100 million people participated in this day dedicated to supporting small businesses.
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