Business owners, big and small, dream of becoming beloved in their community. They want their business to be the one that customers recommend to their friends and family—and most importantly, the one that local customers trust. This is difficult enough to do in a small town, but in a big city with plenty of competition, it can seem nearly impossible.

That being said, there are concrete ways to make your local business in a big city a cornerstone,  no matter how big that community is.

Here are eight tips to get started:

Top photo credit: Seemi Peltoniemi

Allison Nuanes is a Volume Nine SEO contributor to the Connectivity blog.