We Need to Support Our Small Businesses

After 12 months of closures throughout the world, an unprecedented number of businesses are closing their doors for the final time. Large corporations are suffering, but small businesses seem to be taking the damage most severely. People need to do something to help support small businesses. Now.

I have always had a focus on small businesses here, but in the interest of being able to pay for this beautiful website, I have also represented large corporations – because that is where most sales go. However, now it is showing that while small businesses are closing permanently at a high rate, large corporations such as amazon, have profited many times over during this year. This heavy shift in profits to singular entities made me reach a point where I really needed to consider my priorities.

There are times in everyone’s life when we must make decisions between what is comfortable and what is needed. This is one of those moments for me. I have spent much time considering the current situation and I have decided that I will no longer represent the companies which are making such high profits while small businesses suffer. I will promote small businesses only, instead. This was not an easy decision, because I do understand that it will not be profitable and I most likely will not have the funds to renew this website when the time comes. However, I feel strongly about this as my conscious will not allow me to do otherwise.

In representing small businesses, I also ask that you, my dear readers, might take a pause and consider your own purchases for a moment. I feel strongly that if all of us shifted just 1 purchase away from our convince file and made rather the same purchase but from the small business, that would in itself make such a big change in the current situation. We have become so comfortable in our convenience that we seem to forget the significance of our small shops. It is understandable that certain services are most necessary while we are in the middle of a pandemic, as a whole, we still need a shift in our thinking.

I worry a bit to say this (because I already receive some *interesting* emails at times) but… If you are someone you know owns a small business, you can contact me and we can discuss if there are possibilities for promotion and what may work best.

Please note the following before contacting:

  • Most of my readers are in EU, USA & UK.
  • Businesses must be verifiable with registration & info accessible via online search. I have a level of liability here and I take that seriously.
  • No businesses with political or religious affiliations. This is neutral territory.

Let’s support our small businesses!

-Mliae

Doing Good: My Medic

I usually write features on sustainable businesses that I would like to share awareness of. This is the first time I have written a feature on a business outside of the sustainable niche. This business, My Medic, is doing good things! Not only did their backstory make me want to learn more about this company, also the continuing initiatives they have to teach safety to anyone that just wants to learn , displays a sense of less corporate, more human to me. I hope you enjoy reading this feature spotlight!

My Medic provides medical kits for every aspect of your life. From pets, to boats, to kits that be packed in your carry-on; My Medic has you covered.

The core team at My Medic is considered as a family by the family that started this business. If you are not familiar with the story of how My Medic came into existence, I will give you a summary. A beloved family member lost their life in a devastating auto accident. Apparently the ambulance took more than 30 minutes to arrive to the scene, and in that time, it was impossible to administer life-saving aid. The family spent years in court and in that process, discovered that someone had stopped to help but did not have a medical kit with them that could help at all. Because of this discovery, several members of the family came together to start My Medic with the mission that people be informed and prepared as possible to prevent this from happening to others.  My Medics statement regarding the building of this company was ‘MyMedic had one simple goal: To treat injuries at the source and save lives. So the family came together to create live saving Kits. By doing so, we needed experts and testers. After all is said and done, we stand by when we say that we have the Best First Aid Kits on the planet.’

This background is the reason why I am featuring this business here today. If they can devote their lives to saving others, it is not doing much for me to share their story. When I asked My Medic about their raison d´être, their response was ‘Losing a loved one is never easy. But it’s really what you do with their legacy that makes a difference. Our love for them shines through our company.’ Wow. Well said.

My Medic began as a small family business working out of a basement bedroom. They have now expanded into a 15 000 square foot (1393 square metres) warehouse and additional employees which they consider as extended family.

My Medic is focused on spreading awareness. If you ever wonder do companies care about people, I would say that this is one company that does. They want people prepared. Not because it lines their pockets, but because they have experienced what happens when people wait until there’s a serious injury and realise they are unprepared, before they make having a medical kit a priority.

For the future, the My Medic team has plans to begin holding trainings in their warehouse to instruct people how to stop bleeding quickly. This one is upcoming and they have many other trainings being planned.  If you are interested in these type of instructions, but are not in the area to participate, you should take some time and read their blog. They have great information on it, and many things I had never considered myself like: Not using a belt to stop bleeding and why.

I was able to do a condensed question & answer with one of the team members at My Medic and I am including that below:

Q & A:

Q- What makes My Medic emergency kits different from your competitors?

A- Field testing and data driven approach makes us different. We don’t guess and we don’t cut corners. With the available data, we created these First Aid Kits and then had them tested by active Military, Police, EMS, Nurses, etc… and everyday individuals to make sure we had everything needed inside our Universal and Specialty Kits.

Q- Which medic kit do you keep with you?

A- I personally keep the MyFAK Advanced with me at all times. It stays in my car when I’m driving and comes with me inside my house, and my office. It’s one of the many Universal Kits.

Q- It is unbelievable that the solo medic pack is safe for carry-on on flights! Is it really?

A- Everybody bleeds. There isn’t a single person who doesn’t need First Aid now and again. If it’s a simple headache that they need meds for, or a life threatening injury, MyMedic has you covered. We want to be everywhere because the more Kits out in the world, the more injuries treated at the source and the more lives saved.

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Q- What are some safety things you would like for us to know?

A- We don’t want you to stop doing what you love. We want you to be prepared if there was an accident that occurred while doing what you love. But the best safety tip: Listen to your mother.

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Q- Who’s idea was it to include the pet kit?

A- The MedPacks have been ideas floating around for about 2 years now. We wanted to create specialty Kits. We have a Bleed Stopper, a Hiker MedPack, and a Pet MedPack to name a few. Pets are family and we need them to be prepared too. 🙂

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Q- If someone wishes to place an order for a kit from outside of the USA, do you accept international payments? Do you offer international shipping?

A- We accept most forms of payment and do ship worldwide. We do our best to keep shipping rates as low as possible. But to us, First Aid is priceless. Especially if it can save someone from whatever the injury may be.

Q- What would you like us to know about your business?

A- We are here to help you. Feel free to ask us any questions that you have because we want you prepared.

Thank you to My Medic for taking the time to discuss with us. I do hope that you will visit their site, at least their company blog which is full of valuable safety information and things to remember in an emergency.

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae


*NOT a sponsored post, though post does contain some affiliate links.