The Roles of Business Organizations in Economic Development

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Small and large companies contribute to economic stability and growth by providing valuable services, goods, and tax dollars that directly benefit the community’s well-being. They also provide jobs, strengthening the economic health of the communities on which they rely. Even if a company is based elsewhere, employing people at every local business contributes to the success of the area. The salaries they make enable people to buy land, work, shop, and invest in where they live.

Taxes are used, among other things, to maintain the infrastructure of a town, country, or nation. Bridges, roads, tunnels, public transport, libraries, and other public structures and services, such as police officers and firefighters, all benefit from tax money collected from individuals and businesses. These services are essential to the good health and positive attributes of national and local citizens. In a democratic society like that of the USA, industrial growth and increased earnings mean collecting additional taxes, which can directly translate to better care and provision of local infrastructure and services that benefit the community.

World Economy and Business

The success of a business as a whole directly affects the world economy. At its core, businesses are designed to serve a particular need that people have and to provide reliable goods and services related to that need. When consumer trust or confidence in a business declines, it is not just sales that are negatively affected. This mistrust has a much greater impact and could lead to a decline in a country’s overall economy, weakening the strength of its currency and purchasing power.

As businesses increasingly focus on providing value to investors rather than directly to customers, their interests and strategies may not align with the best interests of the customer. A “profit at any cost” model can have extremely adverse consequences in the long run if corners are cut and poor decisions are made in the name of solely serving to increase corporate profit or are based solely on greed. No matter how effectively you create a product or how unique the service you deliver, if you lose customer confidence as a result of your business decisions, customers will not support you by buying your goods and services, and no one benefits.


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