A Little Support

Sorry it has been a few days but I had to break down and buy a new system. My old desktop had started to get the “whine of death” which meant it was a matter of time before it was a goner. Now I have a new system to use so I now have no excuses for not writing.
For starters the winners in our EarthFare prize giveaway have been selected by Random Number Picker and the winners were Victoria and Amy Lauren. Congrats ladies, your goodies are on their ways to you.
I had originally intended to spotlight a few local businesses in this blog but something happened in the shopping plaza where they are located that made me change my mind.
No the plaza did not catch fire but sadly two of the businesses there were robbed Friday evening. I had gotten a chance to talk for a few minutes to the receptionist at one and was looking forward to talking to the owners once they had moved to their new location in the plaza.
Most of the shops located here are small privately owned local businesses. Yes, there are a few larger “chain” type store but even they are fairly small compared to their more urban cousins. There are a variety of stores and I will do a blog telling you all about them (except for one who really wasn’t interested ).
In 2012 on Small Business Saturday $5.5 billion dollars was spent in ONE day!! I’m not the best at math but if we all spent that much on small businesses each Saturday for an entire year that is a slew of money being put back into the local economy. Okay so I did the math and the grand total is $286 billion dollars. Just think what that would mean to your local economy.
The owners didn’t have to talk to me about their businesses but they DID. They took time out of their schedules to tell about themselves and their businesses. If they can do that for me then shouldn’t we support them in the same way by patronizing them? These people are your neighbors, friends and sometimes even family.
Your local Chamber of Commerce can direct you to the locally owned businesses in your neighborhood and town. Let people know about a locally owned business if you really love it. Word of mouth advertising goes a long way even in today’s digitalized social media society.
Until next time…

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