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  • Writer's pictureCalla Norman

How to Collaborate With Small Businesses in Your Community

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Collaborating with other businesses is a great idea when it comes to finding new audiences and spreading the word about your business. When choosing a collaboration partner to work with, it’s smart to be strategic. Small businesses should consider the following key aspects:

Alignment of Values and Audience:

Make sure the business you’re going to partner with shares similar values and has an audience that aligns with your target market. This alignment enhances the likelihood of a successful partnership. 

This kind of alignment can be as simple as you’re both small businesses interested in supporting your community. Or maybe you share a similar audience - perhaps you both market toward families, how can you build that connection out? 

Mutual Benefit and Clear Goals:

Choose collaborations where both parties stand to gain mutual benefits. It’s always a good thing when both sides benefit from a partnership. Establish clear goals and objectives that align with the overall vision of both businesses. 

This is especially important if you’re cold-calling these potential collaborators, if you don’t already have a prior relationship. It’s always better to have something to give when you’re asking for something in return. 

Complementary Products or Services:

Look for businesses offering products or services that complement your own. This synergy can lead to more impactful joint initiatives and a seamless integration of offerings. For example, if you run an athletic shoe store, consider partnering with a running energy bar or merchandise brand. 

Assessment of Reputation and Brand Image

Evaluate the reputation and brand image of the potential collaborator. How do you think your audience would react to you working with them?  A positive brand image enhances the credibility of your collaboration and reflects well on both businesses.

Open and Transparent Communication

Prioritize collaborators who value open and transparent communication. You want to make sure you are and remain on great terms with them! Establish clear channels for feedback and ensure that both parties are on the same page throughout the collaboration.

Soon, you’ll be on the track for a long-lasting relationship that’ll mutually benefit your businesses and your greater community! 

Strong Community Ties and Collaboration Can Work Wonders

Having these allies in your corner in the community can also be important as you grow! For example, if you choose to run a Honeycomb Credit investment offering, your collaborators may be willing to help spread the word and encourage their customers to invest in your business. People get excited when their friends and collaborators are succeeding - and they’ll want to help you! Learn more about Honeycomb Credit investment offerings by filling out the form below: 


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