Off the Record

Keep the "little guy" in business this holiday season

Let's call it a community dollar.

When you spend a dollar, or likely a few more, at a locally owned business you are sure to know that the money you spend will be reinvested back into our local communities. This holiday shopping season I'm going to try my best not to let the internet, big cities and large corporations overtake my pocketbook.

Local business owners are always first in line to sponsor our children's fundraisers, booster clubs and sporting events. How do they come up with funds for the donations? Simple, we keep them in business.

Though it's obvious the national economy is suffering tremendously, our local economy should be our first priority.

The local business owner isn't some faceless, nameless money hungry tycoon just trying to make a buck. The local business owner is our friend, neighbor and probably a distant relative. He or she has a face, whom we see everywhere. We see them at chamber and rotary meetings, sporting events and community gatherings.

Do you really think the CEO of a large corporation will ever help sponsor and show up to the Lighted Farm Implement Parade? Personally, I highly doubt that.

So this holiday season say thank you to the local business owner by shopping locally. Because here in Lower Valley communities, it "takes a village."


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