What a pleasure to stumble on this half hour documentary, "Small Business in America". Produced by local Austin multimedia company Flow Nonfiction, it tells the story of why we do what we do. Even though we had nothing to do with making it! The film touches on concepts of sustainability, and localism, and triple-bottom-line business, but mostly it reminds us that "business", small business at least, is about real live living breathing human beings, and how we interact and treat each other. It is about opportunity, and respect. Beautifully shot, nicely paced, and as an added benefit produced by folks right here in Central Texas. Wow!
We highly recommend 30 minutes of your day enjoying this! Watch it here.
A new study from the Austin Texas-based Capital Area Council of Governments, "Selling Food is Good Business in the Capital Area - But What About Local Food Production?" asks “... how much of the dollars being spent on food are staying in the local economy, as opposed to going to food producers elsewhere?”
The answer is shockingly low. In 2015, around $5.4B (yes, the big "B" as in "billion") in retail food sales occurred. But our area produced $1.3B, meaning around $4.1B of food sales left the local economy. Went somewhere else. Benefited some other economy, or some corporation somewhere, some place other than here.
We think we can do something about that - by investing in good, clean, local sustainable food entrepreneurs.
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