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It takes a village to secure a local healthy economy here in Sunnyside

After nearly a year of working as a reporter for the Daily Sun News, my duties and coverage have run the gamut from hard news coverage, to sports and new businesses opening in the area.

As a native to the Lower Yakima Valley, it's always nice to hear about the new entrepreneurs who begin venturing out to make a name for themselves, while bringing quality service to the back yard of local citizens.

In the past year I've seen many new businesses open, and while traveling about the town during my work day I see many of them have closed. It's a sad day to see businesses not last even a year.

Partly, I wish those business owners who failed had just stuck it out a while longer. But if there is no money coming in, it can be a bit discouraging, I'm sure.

With the many vacancies and 'for rent' signs I see in commercial buildings that were recently full of hope and aspiration, I feel the responsibility falls somewhat on the residents of the town.

Sunnysiders must realize that, yes, it is sad that businesses are no longer here, but did you ever enter in to spend a buck?

There is one business in particular that I wanted to try. I never got around to it, and now it's gone. Just seven months after it opened, I was rooting for it, but it didn't make it to a one-year anniversary.

But I didn't put my money where my mouth was. Now I regret it.

I'd like to extend a challenge; it's not a tough one. All you have to do is agree to visit one local business owner this month and spend your money there, instead of taking your dollars out of town. We might see a more productive economy and local business owners sticking around that much longer.

Don't forget, your local businesses owners are the individuals who donate time and money to our children's schools and local programs. It's sad but true; we don't often see the big corporations offering monetary donations of any size. But the "little guy" is always willing to give a buck. So this back-to-school season, let's give one back.

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