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National Small Business Week: How small businesses are putting community first  

Written by Annie Barco

Small businesses make great neighborhoods, and we are honored that hundreds of thousands across the country use Nextdoor to form stronger ties with their local communities. Not only do small businesses help our economy, but they also improve our communities by giving back in unique ways.

In celebration of National Small Business Week, we asked some of the most beloved local businesses on Nextdoor why community is important to them and how they put #communityfirst.


3 Men Movers – Houston, TX

3 Men Movers has been helping move Houstonians for over 30 years, so it is a community they care deeply about. In September 2017, when Houston was hit by the devastating Hurricane Harvey, 3 Men Movers knew it was time to give back to the community who had supported them through the years. So, they decided to offer 30 free moves for 30 families affected by the hurricane (see how one woman was impacted by their kindness, here). Additionally, 3 Men Movers worked with Houston ISD to move shirts to shelters to help clothe those in need.

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3 Men Movers helping Houston ISD

Thrasher – La Vista, NE

Thrasher, a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company in Nebraska, worked with local organization Lutheran Family Services to raise money, stock their food pantry, and provide full apartment furnishings for a refugee family who joined their community last month.

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Thrasher employees with Lutheran Family Services

Bee Clean Car Washes – San Antonio, TX

Bee Clean Car Washes opened its first car wash in 2011, and has since become a beloved family owned business known not only for great service but for giving back to the community in many ways. For example, Bee Clean Car Washes provides free washes to local police patrol vehicles as an appreciation for their service. They also make donations to the community whenever possible. For every car wash purchased, Bee Clean Car Washes donates the change to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. After the Sutherland Springs shooting in November 2017, Bee Clean Car Washes donated $10,000 to the victims’ families.

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Bee Clean Car Washes mascot with an employee

Reliable Heating & Air, Plumbing and Electrical – Kennesaw, GA

Reliable Heating & Air, Plumbing and Electrical has been a staple in the community since 1978, and makes a point to give back to the community in an authentic and personal way. Reliable partners with a local nonprofit charity called Sunshine on a Ranney Day and together they renovate homes for children with special needs. Reliable donates plumbers, electricians, equipment, and labor to help build homes with wheelchair accessible bathrooms and in-home therapy rooms, which helps these children feel at ease in their home. Since 2012, they have completed over 70 home renovations for children with specials needs in the greater metro Atlanta community.

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Reliable Heating & Air, Plumbing and Electrical with Sunshine On a Ranney Day

Pizza Zone – Spring, TX

In 18 years of business, Pizza Zone consistently sponsors pizza night fundraisers for local schools, church groups, and libraries. They also donate and serve food to local homeless shelters. During Hurricane Harvey, the owners of Pizza Zone delivered pizzas to flooded neighborhoods, in addition to donating food to the first responders.

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Pizza Zone serving at an event

 

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