It’s Small Business Month

May 9, 2016

shop small“Small business isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient and the persistent. It’s for the overcomer.” – Unknown

You’ve heard the Chamber say “Shop Local” for the holidays, but what if we shopped local all year?

If we switched just 5% of the dollars we spent elsewhere, online or out of town, and bought local, it would generate over $2 Million in new local sales tax revenue.

shopThat means… more jobs – better schools – lower taxes with an expanded tax base – better parks – improved public safety – & better streets and highways.

One small purchase every day makes a BIG difference. Don’t save it for special occasions or only on “Small Business Saturday.” Shopping small and shopping local should be something we do daily.

How can you make a difference?

  • We have several specialty shops in Calhoun County. Find an item and commit to purchasing that item only from a local small business.
  • Every month spend an extra $20 at a local small business. If you need a reminder, declare “$20 on the 20th!”
  • Don’t assume shopping local costs more. Local businesses also offer benefits and discounts and give back to the community through sponsorships of teams and non-profits.
  • Buying local creates relationships. Think of the businesses that host fundraisers for local schools and organizations, or consider the community events supported by the surrounding small businesses. Thank them for their contributions, and pledge your support of local small business.

While we are often drawn to the lowest price, we overlook the convenience and customer service provided by our neighbors. Your dollar makes a difference. The money we keep here circulates again and again through our local economy, making it a win-win for our community and a better life for everyone!

“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere”. – Paul Ryanshop local face

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