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We recently rolled out a new website program option for our Great Harvest bakery owners, so I’ve been talking with lots of local bakery owners about their websites and their businesses. I also did a workshop at our annual meeting a few weeks ago helping these small business owners with some of the online fundamentals. Great Harvest bakery owners in our 

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Charlottesville Great Harvest owners photo

Helping these amazing bread business owners with their online presence and marketing has reminded me of just how many hats they wear. They have all been very complimentary about the help, and sometimes even apologetic about their computer skills. But I’m in awe of how they are learning things very quickly and I keep thinking -- this is just one tiny slice of what they manage as small business owners. Whole wheat bread and sweets are baked, employees are hired and trained, customers are served, lobbies are merchandised, ingredients are ordered, equipment ismaintained, bills are paid, income statements are produced…and the list goes on. Small business owners are an impressive lot!

I thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some of their work. Here are a few of the new websites these bakery owners have created:

Great Harvest Charlottesville, VA

Great Harvest Anchorage, AK

Great Harvest Woodbury, MN

Great Harvest Las Vegas, NV

Great Harvest Grand Haven, MI

Great Harvest Butte, MT

Great Harvest Rapid City, SD

Great Harvest Amelia Island, FL  

What impresses you about the small business owners you know?

 

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I'm Debbie Huber. I love great bread, nice people and authentic businesses. As a veteran employee at Great Harvest, I've met amazing small business owners and eaten a lot of whole wheat bread. I've even baked it myself, and there is not much in life that is more immediately satisfying than pulling trays of your own bread out of the oven. Except maybe watching people put butter on a steaming slice, enjoy that first bite and say "wow! Just like my grandma used to make..." or "this is whole wheat? But it tastes so good..."